This morning I was listening to coverage of the tragedy at the DC Naval Yard. So sad.
Then I heard someone being interviewed say this, “We had a fellow who had some emotional issues. He fell between the cracks, but restricting people and what kind of firearm they can own and things like that, you start getting into a very slippery slope.”
Here’s the problem I have with that statement – it assumes that we have actual cracks in the system to fall through.
There are no cracks.
Because in this country, while you have to take a class and test to demonstrate competence to drive an automobile, nothing impedes a person from going into a gun store and buying a shotgun capable of killing as fast as the shooter can reload.
There is nothing between the gun and the deranged shooter. Nothing.
So, stop saying someone just “fell through the cracks” as though there are actual barriers between someone hearing voices in their heads, calling police about paranoia and a Remington 870.
There are no barriers. There are no cracks.
Maybe there should be.