Today marks the 353rd, 354th and 355th mass shootings in America in 2015.
We’re on course to have more mass shootings than days in the year. Considering the fact that the number of background-check applications hit a record high on Black Friday (itself a showcase of national idiocy), I would be entirely unsurprised if next year brings more.
This has gone beyond “problem” into “epidemic”.
If you’re one of those people who says “well, guns are guaranteed under the Constitution, there’s nothing that can be done”, you are part of the problem. The Constitution has been, and can be changed. They’re called Amendments, and even if you don’t know that there are 27 of them or how they work, you probably know about the second half of the second one.
If you’re one of those people who says “well, more people die from cars than guns”, you are part of the problem. Guns are designed for the purpose of killing, cars are not.
If you’re one of those people who says “well, I need a gun for hunting, that’s part of how I put food on the table” BUT are somehow trying to convince me that you’re going to tote a .357 into the woods to bag a deer, you’re part of the problem. Use a hunting rifle if you absolutely must, but you don’t need a handgun for it, and you certainly don’t need something that can pump fifty rounds into the deer, because if that’s the only way you can get it done, your venison isn’t doing you much good and you’re a lousy hunter to boot.
If you’re one of those people who says “well, here are the acts of mentally troubled individuals, the guns aren’t the issue”, you are part of the problem. When mentally sound guys can get guns, mentally troubled guys can get guns.
If you’re one of those people who says “well, all of that could have been prevented by having more good guys with guns”, you are part of the problem. For one thing, I can’t tell the difference between a good guy with a gun and a bad guy with a gun until I’m staring down at my own sucking chest wound. For another, when Good Guy With Gun #1 sees Bad Guy With Gun, but Good Guy With Gun #2 only sees Good Guy With Gun #1 and erroneously assumes him to be Bad Guy With Gun, giant bloodbath ensues instead of being prevented. No thank you.
If you’re one of those people who says “well, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families” instead of demanding action, while their other hand is taking a campaign donation from the NRA instead, you are a big part of the problem. Inaction for fear of losing political power is the mark of putting one’s own benefit over that of the nation, and that is not a quality I cherish in my elected representatives.
The Declaration of Independence tells us that whenever Government becomes destructive of its own ends, it is the duty of the citizenry to effect change. Government which continues to allow its citizens to massacre each other has sure as hell become destructive of its own ends.
It is long past time to put an end to this madness, and enact meaningful gun control legislation. Praying for the families won’t stop the next mass shooting. As a citizen of these United States, I demand action.