Wednesday, March 11, 2009

So, how about that European utopian ideal?

From this morning's Houston Chronicle:

WINNENDEN, Germany — State officials said today police have slain a 17-year-old gunman who killed 15 people in a school shooting in southwestern Germany.
Baden Wuerttemburg governor Guenther Oettinger says police shot the suspect after he fled the school.
State Interior Minister Heribert Rech says three teachers were among the 15 dead. Police say at least 10 students were also killed in today’s attack.
“He went into the school with a weapon and carried out a bloodbath,” said regional police chief Erwin Hetger. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.”
Hey, you know what would prevent things like this? Tighter gun laws...hey, wait a minute...
In 2002, 19-year-old Robert Steinhaeuser shot and killed 12 teachers, a secretary, two students and a police officer before turning his gun on himself in the Gutenberg high school in Erfurt.
Steinhaeuser, who had been expelled for forging a doctor’s note, was a gun club member licensed to own weapons. The attack led Germany to raise the age for owning recreational firearms from 18 to 21.
You mean to tell me nanny-state schemes like gun licensing and registration still allow for people to fall through the cracks? Surely this is a joke...I mean, I hear various media idiots, thuggish politicians and blood-dancers like the Bradys people all the time saying that we need tighter gun laws, just like the ones they have in Europe. For teh childrenses or some such. Reading stories like this one would almost get the idea that said laws are only good for giving the government a list of gun owners to make it more convenient for them to round up the guns later on. Hmmm....