Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Lizzie Bordan Principle

Lizzie Borden took an ax
and gave her father forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
she gave her mother forty-one.

I can't remember a time when I didn't know that rhyme. It goes way back into my childhood. There is no doubt that Lizzie's parents were killed with an ax. There was some question about Lizzie's guilt. But for someone to commit a violent double murder they must have a very troubled mind. I cannot imagine being angry or confused enough to take an ax and hack two people to death. A person would have to be mentally ill to do that.

Monday a man with severe mental problems walked into the Washington Navy Yard and killed people. Twelve was the last count that I heard. He was a madman. He was insane. He should never have been able to get any kind of firearm. Never ever. But don't forget he was insane. He wanted to kill. He could have used a machete. He could have gone online and learned how to make a bomb from easily obtainable products. How ever he did it, he was determined to kill.

The political gun haters didn't even wait until they had the man in custody and the buildings cleared before they blamed the gun. A gun can't aim itself and pull it's own trigger. A piece of hardware cannot commit a crime. It takes a human being to commit an inhuman act. If the same man had taken an automobile and rammed it into a crowd at high speed and killed even more people. No one would be out blaming the car. We love cars. Everybody needs a car. So they get no blame. Just big scary black guns.

The real problem with these multiple homicides is the mental state of the shooter. If we wish to correct that part of the "murder by firearm" problem. Those people that would be susceptible to a crime of this latitude must be found and controlled, remembering, that if we just prevent the acquisition of guns, they will find other means. They might even take an ax and give somebody forty whacks.

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