What Will It Take To For Us To Do Something About Gun Violence?

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Columbine, Sandy Hook, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Portland – these are just a few names in the ever-growing list of places that have hit the news with yet another shooting, another story of senseless gun violence. The story is the same, over and over and over again. For a few days, the media pays attention to the event, memorial Facebook pages are made, supporters of gun regulations call for action, and the NRA promptly makes another asinine statement that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Then the dead are buried, the furor dies down, the media heads off to the next story about the Kardashians and once again, nothing is done.

Let’s admit it, whenever a horrific episode of gun violence happens, we are temporarily outraged. For a brief time, we fire off some petitions and perhaps share a few stories expressing our outrage, then once again, we forget. At some point, something will have to give – either through legislation or an event so utterly horrifying that even the NRA is finally forced to say “enough is enough.” There have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook and still nothing has been done. We don’t even have universal background checks and the gun show loophole is still wide open.

As President Obama stated “no other advanced country puts up with this,” so why do we? Is it more important that gun manufacturers are able to sell their products to as many individuals as possible, with minimal restrictions? Are our lawmakers so under the control of the radical fringe and their twisted, selfish interpretation of the 2nd Amendment that we can’t even get something as sensible as universal background checks? Is our national dialogue so completely partisan that liberals and conservatives can’t agree on legislation to help keep guns from being illegally trafficked, or keep them out of the hands of the mentally ill? Gun violence affects both liberals and conservatives, this shouldn’t be a hard thing to figure out.

Something both sides need to understand is that they aren’t going to get everything they want and the fringes of both arguments are precisely why we can’t get anything done. Background checks are not an infringement of the 2nd Amendment and closing the gun show loophole is not an infringement of the 2nd Amendment either. The few minutes it takes to fill out a 4473 is a minor inconvenience and no, the government isn’t trying to keep a database of gunowners, the NRA already does that. At the same time, banning all guns is unconstitutional and people on the left bringing that nonsensical idea into the conversation are stupid and unproductive – though I must stress they are in the minority on the left.

I’m tired of talking about gun violence and I’m tired of pulling up the news to see yet another young life snuffed out. This story out of New Orleans could have just as likely happened in Chicago, Boston or even a farming town in Kansas:

Johan Kenner, a 17-year-old Landry-Walker High School football player, dreamed of playing in the NFL and providing a better life for his family. He earned good grades and was one of the fastest players on the team, his coaches said.

Kenner was shot dead Sunday at a playground not far from his home, leaving his coaches and family devastated and planning for his burial instead of his future. A gunman opened fire around 6:45 p.m. in the 1800 block of St. Roch Avenue. Kenner was taken to Interim LSU Hospital where he died later that night, a coroner’s investigator confirmed Monday. (Source)

We as a nation should be tired of this. How many more have to die and how horrific a tragedy will have to occur before we can finally do something? The whole situation has gone beyond ridiculous and just become sad and bizarre with how we can’t seem to reach bipartisan agreement on any common sense progress – no matter what horrific headlines continue to lead newscasts across the country.


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  • Sandy Greer

    > Are our lawmakers so under the control of the radical fringe and their twisted, selfish interpretation of the 2nd Amendment that we can’t even get something as sensible as universal background checks?

    >Is our national dialogue so completely partisan that liberals and conservatives can’t agree on legislation to help keep guns from being illegally trafficked, or keep them out of the hands of the mentally ill?

    Yes – and yes.

  • Pipercat

    Too late, the worst case scenario has already happened and reins of the bucking bronco are being gripped tighter and tighter.

  • strayaway

    Neglected in this article is the fact that the homicide rate has drastically declined since 1995 when 8.1 homicides occurred per 100,000 Americans. Last year, the rate was down to 4.8. That is very good news. One third of homicides were not the result of guns. That means that if all guns magically disappeared, criminals would follow every proposed gun law, and if potential gun murderers would refrain from using knives and other murder options, the US homicide rate would still be about that of Canada and much higher than most European countries.

    Even though our homicide rates have declined 41% in the last 19 years, much needs to be done. Looking at the numbers closer, the homicide rate in US cities of over 100,000 is 10.5; over twice the national average. In certain Democrat run cities it it much higher: Detroit 54/100,000, New Orleans 53, St. Louis 35, Baltimore 34, and Newark 34. Meanwhile, eight states have homicide rates of less than 2/100,000 including their cities. New Hampshire’s homicide rate is 1.1/100,000. I’m wondering if a a key to reducing the rate of homicides is to adopt policies that encourage, rather than discourage traditional marriages with in home dads, At about age 14, boys realize they can brush aside their mother and go out the door but that doesn’t work so well with a dad standing in the doorway. In home dads effectively break up gang recruiting.

    • Sandy Greer

      Danger, danger!

      In order for me to reach that Common Ground (family, last two sentences) I first have to navigate those ‘minefields’ of snide partisanship laid down in the middle.

      What good is throwing a party when a host turns away guests at the door?

      • strayaway

        I guess I’m not as interested in “common ground”, though it is desirable, as I am in interpreting and making sense of statistics. The article assumes some liberal talking points so I was just pointing out the reality of where the most outlandish homicide rates occurred that skew our national homicide statistics as high as they are. In the sprit of statistical commonality though, I offer this: of those eight states with the lowest crime rates, they are almost as blue as red.

      • I am sorry, a 4.8 murder rate is still too damn high!

        It should be 0.0 in my opinion, but it will never get there.

      • strayaway

        Did you read what I wrote? “Even though our homicide rates have declined 41% in the last 19 years, much needs to be done.” Unlike you, I even offered one suggestion of how to reduce rates. I do, however, agree with your last sentence.

      • Sandy Greer

        The problem is partisan ‘interpretation’ preaches to the
        choir – and you’re in the wrong church.

        Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.
        ~ Mahatma Gandhi

      • strayaway

        I belong to the Church of Reality and preach the Gospel of Numbers. If I wasn’t full of love, I wouldn’t share them.

      • Sandy Greer

        😀 Much as I like you, strayaway – sometimes I just don’t ‘feel the love’.