Gun Show Located Near Newtown Still a Go, Because Of Course

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It's now been four days since the Adam Lanza's killing spree in Newtown, Connecticut, where he killed 27 people, including 20 small children, before committing suicide when he heard first responders to the scene. For the first time ever, it seems, we're talking seriously looking at gun control, and nearly 181,000 have signed a petition on the White House website demanding legislation that limits access to guns, and it looks like, maybe, possibly, the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre might be a seminal moment in American history, and there will be real change. 

But that change ain't here yet. Since Friday, gun sales are up throughout the United States as people are attempting to feel safer, or otherwise  hoard firearms before the president's secret police barge into our homes and take our guns. In Utah today, a sixth-grader is in trouble after taking a handgun to school for protection, at the behest of his parents.

The strangest news, though, comes from Danbury, Connecticut, about a dozen miles from Newtown. Big Al's Gun Shows, a mobile gun bazaar that travels up and down the East Coast, has a show scheduled for January 5-6 in Danbury at the Crown Plaza hotel. To be fair, the show was on the books before the shooting took place. You'd think now Big Al's will call it off, maybe, out of respect, or prudence, or something. Nah. 

We called the company to ask if they were seriously going to go through with it. As soon as we identified ourselves, the man on the line cut us off.

"No comment," he said. "I'm not talking to reporters right now." He promptly hung up.

The New York Times also called Big Al's, who confirmed that the show would still go on. So...that's happening.  

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Time for the USA to face up to the horrible mess they have allowed their country to get into. Their President is valiantly leading the way with the international arms treaty, and it is up to the people to put pressure on the Senate to make sure it passes through. Simultaneously, they need to start on cleaning up their own back yard. This is not a case of their right to bear arms under the 2nd amendment at all, but a case of basic human rights and children's rights as outlined in international charters on human rights, to which the US is a signatory.  The human rights issue overrides the 2nd amendment issue, no question about it.  People, particularly children, have a right to feel safe in their place of work, schooling, when walking the streets, in public buildings or in their homes. In the case of Newtown, there can be do doubt that the mental health authorities and current system plus Nancy Lanza’s ridiculous and irresponsible attitude to letting Adam carry 3 of her guns at the time she was extremely worried about his  mental health, were the primary causes for these fatalities.  However, his father is not exempt from blame. I have seen a picture on the Internet of Adam Lanza at one year of age or possibly younger, playing with a real gun, surrounded by an arsenal of weapons. His Dad now says he wishes he had never been born. I am sure Adam also wishes this now, in retrospect, that he had never been born, certainly not into that family. They, the crazy gun culture of America to which they ascribed and contributed, combined with the absence of tight gun laws in the USA are entirely responsible for this incredibly cruel tragedy. There is no psychological test that can adequately safeguard the community against such a crazed gunman, and no way of knowing when they will strike, where, or at whom.  The only answer is to ban the guns out of the hands of the general populace, especially heavyweight military hardware, for whom such guns were not designed in the first place.  An ultra right wing agenda, the Doomsday Preppers movement, idolization of neo-Nazi Anders Breivik and economist Ron Paul were among the key elements that also need to be addressed in relation to the the Newtown shootings. Time for a serious re-education program in the schools and universities. Ethics, morals and community responsibility need to be addressed in a big way in regard to combating the damage being done in the homes by some parents. A time for a national symposium too on mental health, particularly as regards gene mutation for Fragile X Syndrome accompanied by Autism, and the current treatments being metred out to patients. There may be a need for a closer look at how administration of drugs is monitored and by whom.  Gun advocates, please do not reply to my post; I will not reply to you. There is nothing you can say to me in the face of this kind or horror that can possibly justify your stance. Thank you.

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