The police in Killeen, Texas, profess mystification over what led George J. Hennard to burst into a restaurant and kill 22 people who were having lunch. But regardless of what dark motives may have lurked within Hennard, there is on one thing virtually every reasonable person can agree upon: He was insane. If he was not, then we need to redefine insanity.
But what of other people who came forward after this dreadful event took place? The victims' bodies were not even cold before a spokesman for the gun lobby said the massacre only proved that people needed guns to protect themselves. If that person really believes that, then he is as insane as George J. Hennard.
On the day after the massacre, during debate in the House of Representatives on a gun-control bill so weak as to be virtually irrelevant, a United States congressman noted that not long ago a woman had stabbed her baby to death with a pair of scissors, and that if we ban guns, we should ban scissors. If that man really believes that, then he is as insane as George J. Hennard.