Tuesday, October 3, 2017
When will we do something?
When will we decide that enough is enough and do something about all the guns in this country? When will we decide to ban guns and the quick death that they bring?
There are many people who oppose the ban of guns in this country for various reasons. Among them are:
Criminals will still have guns
Only honest people will be affected by this ban
It cant work
Our constitution guarantees us the right to bear arms
Other countries have enacted a gun ban and the results have been positive, however when talking about these bans, proponents for guns like to shift the debate from "Gun deaths" to "Homicides in general"
What they don't want you to see is that although homicides may increase, mass shootings go down. They want to mask the numbers by carefully wording their arguments. Is the answer to all these deaths to do nothing? To sit on our hands and hope it doesn't happen again?
Over time if enough countries enact these bans, guns will be harder and harder to obtain. Sure there will always be guns, but mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas will be more rare all the time.
And what about all the other deaths? Deaths by bombs, and knives, poison, and what ever else. Well we do the best we can to address these one at a time. We provide more mental health care to those in need. We work with groups to provide counseling and rehab. We push for peace and reconciliation, one person at a time. We make no excuses. We don't just sit on our hands and cry. We act and act now.
Time and time again gun proponents have suggested we do what amounts to nothing and time and time again things get worse. We need change because the old ways aren't working. The status quo has been met and has failed to meet our needs.
What about the US Constitution? Few people can agree on exactly what the Second Amendment actually means. There are several different interpretations with entirely different outcomes. The Constitution was an amazing document in its day, but has not grown with our country. We need to look carefully at our constitution and work on the process of updating it as the founders of this country provided for. Its a long and hard process to be sure, but with determination and perseverance we can do it.
I dont like excuses.
I dont like sitting and crying.
Time has come to act.
When will we do something? When will we decide that enough is enough and do something about all the guns in this country? When will we de...