In the old Soviet Union days, prior to its breakup leaving Russia with Vladimir Putin as its head, trying to regain that sense of greatness, there used to be this belief in the Soviet Union that if you spoke out against the country, you had to be insane. The rationale went something like, the country is so great and things are so perfect that to not believe it meant that you have a mental disorder. Because you had a mental disorder it was the State's obligation to put you into a mental institution and of course, you virtually were never heard of again. The gun lobby, of course spearheaded by the NRA (National Rifle Association) and its minions in both political office and on the news, have picked up that spirit. Guns are good, AR 15's are even better. To use any of them in a killing spree on other human beings by definition means that the person had mental illness. Therefore, it is the mental illness that is the problem and not the gun or the AR 15. There is a simple beauty in that argument. The hundreds of millions of guns in the United States can never be blamed for anything. Therefore, there is no need for any type of gun legislation and any gun legislation only impinges on the rights of the good people. The mentally ill people are not gun owners, rather they are people that own guns that are mentally ill. Why should we punish the good people in the name of protecting ourselves from the mentally ill? In that same vein, if a foreigner, especially one from a country which is predominantly Muslim or an American Muslim, should use an AR 15 in this country, then immediately it is an act of terror. Since it is an act of terror, it is not the guns fault, but rather the ideology or the religion of the person. Again, then why should we punish or detract from the rights of Americans, and especially good Christians, because as foreigners, those people believe in the Quran. If a white supremacist should open fire in a black church, such as what occurred in South Carolina just a few years ago, then he is not a terrorist, because he is not Muslim, but he is a person filled with outrage and rage that has overwhelmed him. But to take away somebody's right to own a gun or an AR 15 because another is filled with rage and hatred and has lost sight of decency, would be an outrage. Especially if the purpose of the mass killing in the church was to start a race war. That is just someone who has gone astray. There is logic to the arguments above, because from these standpoints there has to be something wrong with you to want to kill another human being, but there has to be something incredibly wrong with you to want to kill many human beings. There is something wrong with you when you wake up that morning, and for whatever reason, hurting others, even though you know that when all is said and done you will either be dead or in prison for the rest of your life, still seems to be a good idea. Whether it is in the name of vengeance, racial purity, religious vengeance, or some other idea, the killing of a mass amount of human beings means something is wrong. But the problem with the logic above is that there are too many people out there who have their own personal ax to grind. There are too many people out there who have their own justifications for committing mass murder and hurting countless individuals. There are too many people out there who seem to be waking up in the morning with that desire to kill, to maim and to hurt. For all of the NRA supporters and their minions again in Congress and in the news media that claim that people who do these acts are mentally imbalanced, mentally deranged, and mentally ill, not one of them will be there when that person goes to Court and claims to the Judge that the person should not be punished for murder because they are mentally ill. No, for these defenders of the AR 15 and its like, the argument that these people are mentally ill ends the moment the outrage of the shooting is over. Once the thought of the carnage subsides, all of a sudden these mentally ill people are now common criminals and must be punished to the fullest extent of the law, and to these people, that usually means death. Well they can't have it both ways and quite honestly, they should have it neither way. If you believe these people are mentally ill, then you must believe they need treatment. If you believe that they deserve the death penalty or incarceration for the rest of their lives, then you cannot blame their actions on mental illness and sidestep the question about gun control, about gun registration, about loopholes in buying guns at gun shows, and about the fact that there is no logical need whatsoever for someone to possess an assault rifle in their home. We have heard too many times a person on television or on the radio talking about how they grew up with their grandfather from the time they were 5 years old, hunting. Whether the sport of killing an animal is something to be proud of, we leave for another day. But how many of you who went hunting, used an AR 15 or an assault rifle? How many of you took the sport out of hunting by using a weapon that could fire 30 bullets in a matter of seconds? You want to hunt, we will give you your hunting rifle. You want to target practice, we will give you your gun. You want an AR 15 or another assault rifle, give us one good reason. It is time that those of you who look at your assault rifles as extensions of your penis, something that somehow makes you more manly, to realize that these types of weapons are getting into the wrong peoples' hands too often. That these types of weapons, although they may make you feel good and may make you feel tough, have no legitimate purpose other than to kill many others. It is time that all of you took a step back and realize that maybe our love of fire power has gone too far.