Monthly Archives: March 2018

LACK OF GUN CONTROL IS KILLING US

The next time there is a mass shooting in a school, we should load up Trump, members of the House, the Senate, and a few radical gun supporters, and take them to the scene of the crime. They need to see the scene before the bodies are taken away, or the bloody mess is cleaned up. Where possible, they need to look on the faces of the dead children.

These aren’t statistics, they are boys and girls, sons and daughters, and their deaths are tragedies. They leave behind grieving mothers and fathers, and brothers and sisters with deep grief that never will completely go away.

America is the bloodiest country in the world, and there are several reasons why. The main reason is that we have too many guns. Don’t give me that old hack, “Guns don’t kill people, people do.” That is only partly true. The other part of the story is that the more guns in a country, the more murders, suicides, and mass killings there are. We have more mass killings because we have more guns. That’s a fact, not a half true slogan.

We as Americans make up only about 4.4 percent of the earth’s population, but we own 42% of all the guns on this planet. According to a study in 2015, 31 percent of the murderers in mass shootings worldwide were Americans.

The United States has over 270 million guns and has had over 90 mass shootings. No other country in the world even comes close to those numbers.

Another reason we have so many guns and murders in America is the NRA. Guns to them are products that make profits, that keep them fat and prosperous. They are great marketers mixing patriotism, and Second Amendment rights in their sales pitch. They have done well financially. But one of their practices is simply intolerable. They give millions of dollars each year to our elected officials to buy their support and advocacy for guns. We in America used to call that bribery, and it was against the law. What happened?

Corrupt politicians are another reason we have not been able to get better gun control laws. Our elected officials have voted themselves pay raises multiple times, but their fat salaries just aren’t enough, so they take money from the NRA and other large corporations to buy their support. One example of this is Marco Rubio. A New York Times analysis showed that he had received more than $3.3 million from the NRA.

Trump, the Republican Party, and other NRA supporters don’t have any answers for the problem. They meekly suggest that background checks need to be improved, and they need to investigate the mental illness factor and ban bump stocks. These suggestions would be about as effective as giving an aspirin to a cancer patient. They are not the problem—gun control is.

A good place to start with gun control would be with a total ban on assault weapons. They were never intended for civilian use. They are weapons of war. They were designed, developed, and manufactured for use by combat soldiers to kill as many of the enemy as possible, as fast as possible. That’s why they are the favorite weapon of mass murderers.

Our forefathers who created the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution would want to erase it if they could see how it is being used today. The time has come to put an end to the mass murders in America. We can do it. Our elected officials can do it. If they can’t, they need to be voted out, and replaced with people who can.

Its time for the American people to stand up and speak out. Most of us don’t want our cities and towns flooded with guns, or military weapons in the hands of civilians. Make this last mass murder of school children in Florida the last one to ever happen. We will not forget this one.

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