I need to commend your paper for taking a stance within the wake of the horrific mass homicide of kids in Uvalde, TX two weeks in the past.
The article, “Uvalde capturing and Houston conference,” referred to as for commonsense measures to cut back the epidemic of gun violence in America.
Gunshots are actually the # 1 reason for demise for youngsters. How can we sit and do nothing?
Will the proposed measures forestall all mass shootings?
After all not.
Did seat belt legal guidelines put an finish to freeway fatalities? No.
However nobody would argue that they haven’t saved numerous lives.
So have harsher DWI legal guidelines, although individuals nonetheless drive drunk.
When armed legislation enforcement officers are afraid to interact the shooter as a result of they’re severely out-gunned, it’s time to do one thing about AR-15 kind weapons.
When the “good guys with a gun” don’t truly do something to cease the “dangerous man with a gun” till 19 youngsters have been murdered, it’s time to retire that argument.
When college security laws was already handed in 2019 but a shooter was in a position to enter Robb Elementary anyway, we will additionally retire that argument.
Gun lovers are fast to inform us that these bent on killing will ignore gun legal guidelines, but we’re purported to imagine that locking the door to the playground will make them return residence and watch TV?
Additionally, each the Uvalde shooter and the Buffalo shooter waited till they turned 18 to buy their weapons. Certain seems to be to me like they have been deterred by present legislation, at the least for awhile.
Then there’s the empty red-herring rhetoric on “psychological well being”.
The Uvalde shooter had no psychological sickness points, had not been identified with any psychological well being points, and was not seeing a psychological well being skilled.
However Pink Flag legal guidelines may have stopped him. He had shared violent ideas and intent on social media, which was reported.
However the lack of a pink flag legislation prevented motion. So you’ll be able to retire that argument as nicely.
Lastly, gun lovers like to speak about “disarming law-abiding residents”, or “taking our weapons away”.
I’m not conscious of any elected official presently in workplace that has proposed gun confiscation. Even the assault weapons ban of 1994 had no confiscation aspect.
And any gun confiscation laws wouldn’t solely not go Congress, however would by no means survive a constitutional problem. So please cease making that argument already.
Once we witness the slaughter of dozens of little youngsters and our elected representatives do nothing, it’s time to elect new representatives.
If not, and we proceed to just accept youngsters dying on the altar of the second Modification, then our nation has misplaced its soul.