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No one is blaming guns. Guns are inanimate objects. Yes, you can be killed with a bat, a knife, a rock, and, hell, even with a refrigerator but is there an epidemic of fridge related massacres the media isn’t reporting? No. The reason we have a gun problem in this country is not solely because of mental health problems. It’s because you can go to a gun store (or a Walmart) and walk out a few minutes later with something you’re not trained to use that can kill you or anyone else in mere seconds. Very little is required to go from “Average Joe” to “active shooter”.
Face it, we ALL know someone we wouldn’t want to have a gun. And, at least for me, the majority of those people aren’t well regulated nor part of any militia. If there were a disease that claimed as many lives as gun violence, gun suicide, and accidental gunshots do, the CDC would be the most well funded department of the government. Well, except for the military. And why is that? No disease has a lobbyist promoting its existence and proliferation. So, after yet another massacre, we get to go round and round about guns.
One side says they want sensible gun control while the other side screams to not take their guns. They lay the blame at the feet of video games, social media, mental illness, racism… The list goes on. But what are we going to do after this blows over? What are we going to do until this happens again in an average of one week? Are we just going to find a meme that explains what we want to say? Shall we argue with that one guy on Facebook who talks about his right to own something that removes everyone else’s rights in a fraction of a second? Are we going to cringe when we hear the phrase “school shooting” and just hope it’s not our child’s school? Are we going to wait until gun violence has affected every single American personally? Because that’s all I see being done.
The NRA and the gun lobby doesn’t take a week off. They advocate for their cause every single day. We need to be doing the exact same thing. And without the millions of dollars that Smith & Wesson and others are offering up, we need to be louder, clearer, and more organized. Get your congressional representatives’ email, phone number, address, and whatever other contact info you can get and let them know, in one loud voice that THIS is a priority to us. Inundate them with inquiries, requests, demands, calls to action. Doing nothing will garner nothing. There needs to be a change in this country regarding the accessibility and proliferation of guns.