By Mark Rhoads -
There were 20 First Grade children and six adults who were killed by a crazy man with a gun at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. last month. On April 19, 1995, there were 19 even younger children under the age of six in a day care center, and 149 adults in the same building, who were killed by a crazy man who blew up a truck full of ammonium nitrate fertilizer and diesel fuel at the Murragh Federal Building in Oklahoma City. There was no gun involved in that mass killing of children in 1995 and yet the federal government did not try to impose a ban on the sale of fertilizer. Why not?
The Federal government has never tried to ban knives or dynamite or crazy people either. Law abiding people who purchase guns go through a background check but not people who buy fertilizer or knives or dynamite. States are urged to share information about people who own guns but few officials advocate that mental health professionals must share information with police about dangerous and violent-prone patients. No one advocates the complete ban on violence in movies or video games that could inspire crazy people to commit mass murder. Why not? Maybe because some people understand that the federal government does not have the power to ban evil and insanity from the lives of all people?