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How Long Can It Go (Guns Yet Again)

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By Doug Bevins

Yet again gun violence has made the news. Sadly, the event that put gun violence in the news yet again was a shooting at Arapahoe high school in Colorado by 18 year old Karl Pierson. In October, it was at a middle school near Reno Nevada. I was saddened when I heard about the shooting in Nevada. Gun violence has got to stop! This country is losing an entire generation to gun violence if something is not done to change this issue. Quite frankly, I am sick of, every so many months, seeing news of yet another shooting at a school, a movie theater, etc. (Aurora movie theater in July 2012, Sandy Hook just last year, a community college shooting in California in June  2013, Reno, and now Colorado again). One shooting is too many forget about shootings plural in the span of a year at places that were considered safe.

I know there are people out there who will call me a cream puff for this but I am fed up seeing this violence. Gun control needs to be on Washington’s radar -period! Gun violence is a problem (if countless acts of gun violence in a little over a year is not a problem, then I have no clue what is and this is a lost cause). Guns are not safe neither are the practices that monitor who can get guns. I firmly believe that gun ownership needs to be severely restricted(if an individual or family has mental issues, no gun period (Handguns or Assault weapons or both. Assault weapons need to be banned NOW!  I cannot believe how stupid this battle gets and the cost is not being noticed (kids are dying, Sandy Hook and a middle school in Nevada not to mention Arapahoe and many other incidents that don’t even make the evening news). As far as I am concerned, anybody who lobbies for gun rights needs to also lobby for more intense gun control monitoring. If these two are not taken into account and changed or restricted at the same time then the battle is lost and we should assume that shootings like the Aurora movie theater, Sandy Hook, and the middle school in Nevada will be weekly at best and daily at worst.

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One thought on “How Long Can It Go (Guns Yet Again)

  1. Bravo ! Bravo !
    An excellent performance if slightly over the top with the melodrama.
    This country is losing an entire generation to gun violence if something is not done to change this issue.

    Really, an entire generation ? Out the millions of young people; we are “losing” less than 2,500 (18 and under) a year. Approximately 26,000 from 1999 to 2010 according to the CDC WISQARS program. And 7,200 of those are from suicide. Now any death is a loss but let’s put this into perspective and not claim an entire generation, eh?

    (if countless acts of gun violence in a little over a year is not a problem, then I have no clue what is and this is a lost cause).

    Perhaps you might want to go to school and learn to count — I know the numbers are hard to stomach but we know how many acts of ‘gun violence’ there are each year; less than 400,000 and that includes all firearm related crime.

    Guns are not safe neither are the practices that monitor who can get guns.

    And neither are cars. Or for that matter: knives, gasoline, diesel fuel, household cleaners, and life in general. Despite your over the top performance; firearm related crime has been trending down as have firearm related deaths and injuries. All without the draconian measures you recommend. And while ownership has been increasing AND while more and more people are carrying firearms in public.

    Maybe we should focus on improving the mental health system in the country instead. Doesn’t it seem like many of the shootings you point out have that in common?

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