THESE ARE troubling and violent times across the nation.
We are reminded of that all too often by shootings and murders. Even on Christmas Eve, one of the most sacred and holiest days of the year, an inexplicable act of random killing played out.
Webster, N.Y. was home to an ambush against firefighters. An ex-con set a car and house ablaze to lure the first responders to the scene. Upon arrival, two firefighters were shot and killed.
The gunman followed by shooting at police officers before committing suicide, all the while homes burned.
The answer will never be fully known. The killer spent 17 years in prison for beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer in 1980.
He was obviously a man with severe mental issues.
The Christmas Eve tragedy comes shortly on the heels of the Connecticut school mass murders. The Newtown massacre triggered a new wave of calls for gun control as well as armed guards at all schools.
As expected, the National Rifle Association is opposed to any talk of controlling guns. The NRA packs clout and will exert pressure on any legislation that attempts to limit guns.
Armed guards at all schools, while obviously making such facilities much safer, would be financially burdensome.
Guns in the hands of criminals or mentally challenged individuals are a recipe for disaster.
The only workable gun-control plan is keeping weapons out of the hands of such individuals. That will be no easy task.