According to the AP, New Orleans police say a gunman opened fire into a crowd leaving a high school basketball game, wounding a man and four teenage boys. . . .  Injuries from late Friday’s shooting at Warren Easton Charter High School were not life-threatening.

Presumably, the only thing separating injuries from death is some good luck. Could children have been murdered because someone didn’t like the outcome of a basketball game? Surely it must have been something less trivial! Really? What kind of disagreement could possibly justify shooting into a crowd of people?

“Are you afraid of me?You should be!

For me, this is not an abstraction. Indeed, a few years ago I was shot at point blank range with a .45 and seriously injured. In the competition of tissue and bone vs. a determined bullet to occupy the same place at the same time     the bullet almost always wins.

There is a certain irony to my struggle with PTSD which is a daily reminder of my attempted murder. It has left me with the kind of volcanic and irrational temper that must be required for someone to shoot into a crowd or to pick off people on a college campus.

Are you afraid of me? You should be! I live on South Beach and can acquire all sorts of weapons of mass destruction. In fact, in 2011 the Florida Legislature passed a new law that imposes fines on counties
and municipalities that attempt to enforce local ordinances on weapons or ammunition. Mayors and council members can be fined $5,000 and removed from office if
they “knowingly and willfully violate” the law. Towns that enforce their
ordinances risk a $100,000 fine. And by the way, there are no fewer than 126 gun shops in Dade County. You can dismiss this as Tea Party crackpottery signed into law by a mindless governor but it is the law.  Purchasing a handgun requires no permit     only a three-day waiting period. The state does a telephonic “Instant Check” and, by law, must destroy any paperwork associated with that. Oh, and the law applies “at retail” which, presumably, means that a private sale is just that     private.

Ultimately, we can stop some     not all     of the carnage if we at least have all of our firearms registered and require all sales to be conducted through a licensed dealer for a nominal fee. Yes, I have heard that, when the black helicopters descend upon us, that they will use gun registration to confiscate everyone’s weapons. I’ll take my chances.

One of these days I am going to post my x-rays. I have had three surgeries including a total hip replacement     which was never designed to repair traumatic injury. As I said, for me this is not in the abstract. But, hell, I am lucky to not be in a wheelchair, or in the ground for that matter.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.