Words can’t quantify or describe the horror of what unfolded in Las Vegas recently.
The response of the governing bodies and lawmakers who have through their actions and inaction turned the United States into a shooting gallery is that we should pray and embrace a moment of silence for those slaughtered, maimed and terrorized. There is actually a better way we can serve the victims.
First, Americans need to come to terms with the reality of our gun culture and domestic armed camp. On average 93 men, women, and children are killed daily by gunfire in the U.S. Of those 93 killed daily roughly two-thirds will be suicides and one’s success at suicide is 14 times higher if a gun is utilized. Seven children a day die by guns.
Of huge concern for all Americans is the surge of assault weaponry that is finding its way into the civilian population. Every citizen has the ability to buy weaponry whose sole purpose is the mass execution and industrialized slaughter of human beings. This is not what our forefathers had in mind.
There are reasoned alternatives and options to mitigate and stem the situation. This can be accomplished without stripping an individual’s right to defend himself. We can look at a way to close all loopholes at the roughly 4,700 “gun shows” held annually in the U.S. We could pass a national domestic violence support act that would prohibit all domestic offenders from owning or having access to guns. We could require universal background checks for all firearm owners. Locally and nationally we could and need to embrace safe firearm training. We could define and then ban assault weapons and automatic weapons.
America has again become a shooting gallery. We have become acclimated and accustomed to a slaughter with a price tag that surpasses $220 billion a year. Reasonable actions do exist that would preserve the 2nd Amendment while at the same time preventing the glut of mass shootings.