Sunday, December 16, 2012

NBC Meet The Press Connecticut Shootings 12/16/2012

I enjoyed watching NBC's "Meet The Press" this morning. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was interviewed by David Gregory. In typical style, he was arrogant in his view that only gun control was the answer to stopping violence in America. Mayor Bloomberg spent most of his time on the show talking about how the crime rate in New York City is low because of tough gun control laws.

The political views of Mayor Bloomberg are not shared by a vast majority of the American people. In fact, asking him to deliver the argument for gun control only helps the other side. In that respect, since I believe in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, putting Mayor Michael Bloomberg out there as a gun control activists was a good thing.

After Mayor Bloomberg's interview the roundtable of political experts debated his comments and the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday. That part of the show was very interesting, because at least one of the guests firmly pointed to the real problem and that is mental illness and the lack of treatment available to those who are sick.

Another guest on the show, correctly pointed out that rural Americans have completely different opinions about gun control than do their urban counterparts.What most gun control activists failed to point out is the fact that Connecticut has some of the most stringent laws in the country when it comes to the ownership of firearms.

No amount of gun control would have stopped that crazy young man from going on his murderous rampage. If politicians want to do something positive in response to this senseless tragedy, they should authorize more money to treat the mental issues that drive people to even contemplate the mass murder of others.

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