Temper Tantrum and a Gun: A Deadly Combination
Sparked from a simple dispute over paperwork, a fury so heinous overcame a man of uniform to spray the bullets of a .45-caliber Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol among his unit, the 49th Transportation Battalion at Fort Hood on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. As if this wasn’t enough, Lopez walked outside, shooting at other soldiers as well as spraying bullets over an area the size of two city blocks, striking people in nearby buildings. As the grand finale to his 4-minute reign of terror, he put the pistol to his own head and squeezed the trigger.
I’m speaking about Spec. Ivan A. Lopez, 34-year-old military truck driver, and the temper tantrum that he threw after he submitted his application for leave of absence and was told to come back the next day.
Lopez’ actions remind me of nothing but a child whose parents or guardians never told him or her no, giving into each want demanded. I picture in my mind a 2-year-old toddler, screaming and crying all while rolling around on the ground because he or she didn’t get his or her way; although, this situation is with adult consequences.
The outcome? 4 dead, 16 wounded and no leave of absence necessary.
Again, this brings us back to the discussion of guns and rehashes the argument as to whether stricter gun laws are the answer. While most of us agree that this is not the answer, we can talk until we’re blue in the face, but the reality is that something must be done because as this discussion is happening, somebody else is getting their hands on a gun to use in a destructive way.
Realizing that laws are abstract concepts created in the human mind and can’t be used to actually prevent gun violence, we must become a more proactive society. But, what does that entail? More education? Stricter screening processes when purchasing guns? Mental stability health screenings?
As always, I look forward to your reactions, thoughts, opinions, comments and questions.
Posted by Ginger Hill on Apr 07, 2014