Let me first offer my heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathy to the parents and families of those who have lost loved ones due to senseless gun violence. Many have cried and felt much pain, mainly because the government does absolutely nothing to stop these obviously insane shooters. Most people have no idea as to the pain felt by parents that have lost a child, it is the worst pain in life. I have felt and know that pain.
I saw a comment on Twitter that said, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” This person would not have said such a crazy thing if it was a member of his family or child. Then there is the National Rifle Association (NRA), a leading gun rights advocate, the modern day Klan, strongly supports such thinking! Let’s remember that there have been shooting after shooting – death in rising number in all manner of public venues. It’s not safe to go anywhere.
Another thing I’ve heard was “this is such a great suburban town” and “this does not happen here”. Not surprising, but urban families in cities and communities throughout the nation have been crying out for someone to do something about guns for as long as I can remember. In urban communities’ children suffer Post Dramatic Stress Syndrome as a result of the combat like environments they suffer and witness daily.
I have experienced war firsthand and know that witnessing the brutality of death inflicted by another human – never leaves the minds consciousness. However, my point through this writing is to say, now that we have witnessed the many acts of mass murder committed by these young white killers in communities very different from the daily urban neighborhood deaths. Will the calls for America to begin a serious debate over gun regulation after the slaughter and shooting after shooting? No, they continue to blame it on the myth of “black on black crime”.
I guarantee the usual argument will ensue; the Second Amendment of the Constitution will be raised and the court rulings, which in my view wrongly rendered, have upheld or at least supported this contention. While the Supreme Court ruled in D.C. v. Heller that bans on handgun ownership was unconstitutional, the ruling gives the state and federal governments a great deal of latitude to regulate gun ownership. This means something can be done.
As the U.S. Second Court of Appeals put it in a recent ruling upholding a New York regulation, “The state’s ability to regulate firearms and, for that matter, conduct, is qualitatively different in public than in the home. Heller reinforces this view. In striking D.C.’s handgun ban, the Court stressed that banning usable handguns in the home is a ‘policy choice’ that is ‘off the table. But that a variety of other regulatory options remains available, including categorical bans on firearm possession in certain public locations.”
So, do we have to continue to endure the Gabby Gifford’s, Mr. Brady, shootings at malls, schools, colleges, and movie theaters, and see countless innocent murders before our government takes action? It is a sad state of affairs! These views are vastly different when color is applied. It is striking that if a black man kills someone – he is a menace to society. When a person from another country kills someone – that person is called a terrorist. But when a white man kills someone – he is mentally ill.
I don’t want to compare these incidents to the Stand Your Ground Laws, the many black unarmed people killed but the police, or any of the countless acts of gun crimes in recent memory. But it is time for the insanity to end. It is the government’s duty to make sense of the senseless, and a good start would be to begin immediately a real dialog leading to corrective action to protect the citizens of our nation.
Guns are made for one purpose, and that is to kill. Maybe, just maybe, if there were fewer guns, there might be fewer killings on the nation’s streets and in communities across the land. Frankly, is simply uncivilized for this to continue. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…