Enough is enough!
How many more innocent people must die before the leadership of these United States of America has the courage to tackle the issue of gun control once and for all?
And how many more massacres will it take to stop the hideous gun lobby and the National Riffle Association (NRA) from saying that guns can actually help curb violence and stricter gun control laws wouldn’t make any difference?
The recent Aurora massacre, where 12 people died and 59 were injured, should give every American pause. The young man who perpetrated this crime bought an AR-15 rifle and two Glock automatic pistols and a Remington shotgun at two local gun stores. He also purchased some 6,000 rounds of ammunition and full body armor including leggings, neck and groin protectors! Should this be allowed to happen?
The gun lobby and the NRA probably think so. And, sadly, there are millions of Americans who strongly believe that the right to bear arms is more important than saving lives. They actually think these massacres wouldn’t happen if everyone carried a gun. A return of the Wild West, I guess?
All this excess is supposedly protected under the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. I think it’s appalling that something written at a completely different time in history, serves to justify letting Americans build private arsenals if they so wish, and to do it legally!
Gun control laws in the US are not strict enough and this needs to change. But nothing seems to scare politicians –on both sides of the isle—as much as the issue of gun control. Very few politicians dare touch it. It’s considered political suicide. And the few who do, such as Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), face an uphill battle.
That’s why it’s up to the American people, with support of the media and gun control groups such as the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, to force this debate and put pressure on politicians to act.
In the meantime, it wouldn’t hurt much if our friends in Hollywood and the makers of video games did something to cut down on the violence in movies and games. We all know that violent movies and video games often serve as inspiration to the looneys out there and are a negative influence on youngsters.
Parents, the government, the entertainment industry, all have equal responsibility in this. It will take a village to change it. An unarmed village!