The shooting death of Australian-born Christopher Lane in Oklahoma City late last week – and the subsequent arrests of his three teen killers today – was yet another reminder of the gun violence that’s already become an unfortunate part of modern society. The teens who shot and killed Lane did it because they were bored – as pointless a reason as those behind the shooting sprees at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Newtown, etc. Or, if you want to go back further – Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb murdering Robert Franks in 1924.
Of course, killing anyone for the sheer hell of it is not only stupid, but also pathetic – and killing someone who never even threatened his murderers to begin with is even more stupid. Obviously, Lane’s killers ignored the old axiom, “There’s no such thing as the perfect crime” – a fact that even Leopold and Loeb learned the hard way. And the fact that Lane’s killers were teenagers who somehow gained access to the gun that brought about his death makes not only a strong case against gun violence, but also an equally-strong case for the kind of stronger gun laws that could greatly reduce the number of gun-related deaths, as well as the personal grief and anguish that results from them. And who knows? If there’s any justice in this world, maybe the politicians in Washington will definitely get their act together and realize that gun violence is everyone’s problem – and not just in America. And perhaps those gun laws will finally become the reality that it deserves to be.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons (published by iUniverse/Writers Club Press) and Chameleons To The Rescue (published by Lulu Books/Highroad Books), and the recently published short story e-book collection Tales Of The Psychiatrist (published by Book Country), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (https://sites.google.com/site/johnlav65), as well as his pages on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube‘s website (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn), his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad), his own Profile Page on Amazon Studios‘ website (http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488), and his Chameleons, Inc. and Pictures Shop websites via Google Sites (Chameleons, Inc. website: https://sites.google.com/site/chaminc2002; Pictures Shop website: https://sites.google.com/site/picturesshop13).
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