The “Son of Sam” serial killer that murdered six and wounded seven in New York City over a 13-month period between 1976 and 1977 said: “Society has to take the glory out of guns.” It is the statement of a man that has seemingly turned his life around in prison; he claims to be a born-again Christian. His comment appears to stem from the recent massacre at the Aurora, Colorado movie by James Holmes who killed 12 and wounded 58.
|David Berkowitz today
Berkowitz is now 60-years old and says he has no interest in parole because, if granted, it would only cause more heartbreak for his victims. If this is a sincere declaration, the man seems to be repentant. In the eight shootings he committed, he claimed that he was commanded to do so by a neighbor’s dog. Berkowitz also explains that his killing spree was caused by his “lost,” “tormented,” and “confused” condition. So how do we take the glory out of guns?
My answer: close down the National Rifle Assn. (NRA). It’s that simple. This organization has glorified guns and the 2nd Amendment for years since Wayne LaPierre took over the NRA in 1977. What do you expect when he and his hired propagandists constantly spew out this garbage that everyone should be able to have a gun and take it anywhere he or she wants to. Based on their loosening of the nation’s gun laws, we got Holmes, Jared Loughner and Wade Michael Page.
When you glorify the gun, you glorify its potential to kill. This is completely in tune with the fact that guns do kill when they are in the wrong hands and they get there simply because the NRA makes it so easy for the bad guys to obtain them. Guns are glorified so more people will buy them, which will result in larger profits for the gun industry, which means larger contributions to the National Rifle Association. It’s a neat conspiracy that has worked for years, thanks to LaPierre.
In addition to an NRA membership, many of which listen to and respond to everything wacky Wayne says, there are the young kids that think that they are the master of their domain if they are armed with a gun. It is obvious just how readily available weapons are when looking at the gang warfare going on in Chicago among blacks. In the month of July, 28 were killed by guns and 181 wounded. In June 23 died, 113 injured. This is an American tragedy.
It is pretty pathetic when a serial killer has to point us in the right direction to do something about gun violence in the United States. I can hear all the gun nuts right now muttering a conglomeration of their absurd and worn out clichés, like “Guns don’t kill, people do.” The American public has listened to this for years and apparently some have swallowed it. It’s time to change that and realize that guns, in the abundance they are available in the U.S., really do kill people.