This is a guest post by retired reporter, Hugh Clark. His “Hughisms” appear frequently at BigIslandChronicle.com.
OK, it is time to talk about guns — idiots who have them and abuse them. Yes, guns do not kill — just the morons holding them.
I am not talking about Aurora, Colorado, times two nor poor Newtown, Conn., but our own Big Island.
Despite fools worrying about Hawaii’s relatively strict gun rules, those laws are poorly enforced (you may be more likely to get a ticket for a seat belt infraction than a gun law violation).
In the past three weeks, we have witnessed:
* An accused Ocean View resident from Ka’u who apparently carried his heat 70 miles from there to Hilo’s Kanoelehua Industrial Area where he was busted for shooting his weapon Dec. 13. Cause? undisclosed thus far.
* The murder on the Bayfront Highway near Hilo’s Mo’oheau Park Dec. 29 whose shooter remains unknown, as best the public now knows.
* The fool in North Kona who was wandering down the roadway with a loaded shotgun New Year’s Day. Hardly on a family hunting trip. The defense of his dumb act was astounding.
* Finally, we have two veteran policemen shot by a guy with what appears to have been an ambush a la Rochester, N.Y., near Wailoa River Jan. 2 at one-time fine dining spot know as the Tropics Lanai — converted into a succession of seedy Korean bars.
The perpetrator, whose motive is unclear, was busted but not before he shot himself and cost us all thousands in medical bills. Neither he nor his family likely will ever pay those expenses. Plus our county is on the hook for surgical operations, hospitalization and subsequent loss of services by his two victims. (Will their working life ever be the same?)
Does this sound like Columbine or some southern town rife with gun-toting nuts?
I submit we have a real problem that cries out for a serious crack down.
With the legislative session about to commence, now is a right time for a serious reaction/reflection. Even if some wacko ex-West Hawaii councilman contends Hawaii’s controls are too stiff…