Somehow someway every season the old saying "you can never have enough pitching" always rings true. The demands of a long season in baseball/softball strain a staff via injuries, performance (bad days), and schedule conflicts that require a team to have plenty of extra arms around to handle the crisis.
While extra arms are useful in our sport are they really necessary in real life? The Second Amendment of our great country, The United States, protects the rights of the people to keep and bear arms. Make no mistake arms means weapons, specifically guns. Guns are dangerous. People are more dangerous. There has to be some common sense limit to controlling the access to weapons.
The tragedies that we have experienced a society prove that existing policies are not working yet the two sides of the gun control argument remain deeply divided.
Side #1 - Anti-Gun Control
Led by The NRA, National Rifle Association, which seems to be taking advice from classic ignorant TV character Archie Bunker,
proposes more guns and instead point to media sensationalism, violent video games, gun-free zones in schools, the failure to enforce gun laws already on the books, issues with the nation's mental health system and other societal problems as feeding the spate of gun violence.
They also announced a new national program to train and arm thousands of armed security to be stationed at each of the nation's nearly 100,000 public and 33,000 private schools. They point to the fact that Sandy Hook Elementary School -- and most other schools in America -- are considered gun-free zones as a reason why it was easily attacked. The basically feel “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,"
OK John Wayne
They offered no willingness to consider any of the proposals offered this week to amend gun laws including limiting access to assault weapons, requiring universal background checks, limiting sales at gun shows and increasing the use of trigger locks. None.
Side #2 : Pro Gun Control
Lead by our commander and chief
Hey the man is genuinely trying. That's why I voted for Obama as social change and improvement is harder to enact than fiscal change. More guns are not the answer. Limiting them is.
Even Mayor Bloomberg, who I have heavily criticized and don't even like, agrees as he blasted the NRA's approach "a shameful evasion of the crisis facing the country. “There are lives involved here. And if you can save one life, isn't that worth trying?" "And I always thought that you should address issues when they're on the public conscience, while they're being covered by the press, and you should try to do a complete job so you don't have to go back again and again and again."
Ironically because of possible legislation gun sales and stocks have increased lately, but enacting these new laws will be difficult as political lobbying pressure (hint money) by the NRA is a reality. Make no mistake the NRA is a bully. They not afraid to get down and dirty
However, these repugnant, classless, tasteless, and cowardly ads will "backfire" (also ironic) as you can overpower the extremists with intelligence and common sense.
Leave the extra arms on your pitching roster, just get guns off the street.