Gun violence in America is so out of control now, that homicide by firearm is an every day occurrence. It’s gotten so bad now, that the shootings where only two or three people are killed, are not even front page news on the national scale. We all know how the media loves reporting about bloodshed, hence the old saw among journalists…”If it bleeds, it leads.” This trite little saying came about when there was a lot less bleeding in this country. Now, it takes buckets of blood and spent cartridges laying all around, in order to get nation wide attention.
Oh, and the body count? The numbers are increasing rapidly. They’re increasing at such a rate that now, if the number of those killed isn’t in the double digit range, it’s almost considered a matter of course. Some course to be on, huh?
Now, gun violence in America is as constant as the weather. Name a day when we had no weather. There is, of course, no such thing, correct? Now, name a day when we had no one killed by a gun. Sadly, it can’t be done, because just like the days without weather, there are no days without gun violence.
Yesterday, democratic Senator from Connecticut Chris Murphy staged a 15 hour filibuster to force senate republicans to vote on gun control legislation. Normally the filibuster is used to prevent votes from taking place, but in a brilliant move by senator Murphy, he used the filibuster to shut down all other senate proceedings until the GOP allowed voting for even the most minor gun control legislation. In other words, his filibuster placed on record, the republican’s refusal to do anything to curb this horrible plague of gun violence that now rages across America.
So many people in government and the snapping little lap dogs for the NRA in the media who do their bidding, point to all sorts of reasons why these shootings are so prevalent. They point to everything but the guns themselves. They point to better access to mental healthcare. They point to societal influences like violence in movies and video games, they point to (and this one’s a biggie) Islamic extremism (even when it really isn’t) and now sexual identity. They see problems everywhere that are not readily solvable. They almost never point to the sickeningly easy access to machines designed for nothing but killing humans, en masse. Gee, they’re just inanimate objects, and can’t possibly be part of the problem. Right? WRONG!
The ammo-sexuals constantly point to the 2nd amendment as their firewall against sanity. I have to ask, where in the 2nd amendment does it include assault weapons, or even a common semi-auto pistol? Nowhere that I can see, and I’ve read that amendment many times.
No measures we take are going to stop sick people from killing innocent others. This is really my point. Yes, we should be trying to solve societal, cultural and mental health contributors to this sort of incident, but those answers are far, far away still. What we need now are concrete, plausible measures to reduce the body count. We can take steps to discredit this sickening type of behavior, in the media and among our politicians.
We have to vigorously put our collective foot down, and down hard, and start enacting laws to get these killing machines off the gun store shelves and out of reach of all civilians. We can do that and still keep that precious 2nd amendment thingy intact. We should outlaw all semi-auto weapons for civilian use and allow only revolvers, bolt action rifles and shotguns. People still will have the ability to hunt, defend their homes and have some fun shooting targets. Nothing that a law abiding US citizen can do requires a machine designed to kill other human beings at a rapid pace. We no longer need militias to protect us from foreign invaders.
What we desperately need is more elected representatives like Senator Murphy who have the moral courage and intelligence to do what desperately needs to be done.
There’s not a whole lot we can do about the weather. There is a lot we can do to limit the number of dead people who were killed simply for trying to have some fun, or trying to get an education, or just trying to complete a day’s work. Gun violence is not the weather. I only wish it wasn’t as constant.