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.
- Colorado school shooter planned larger attack, Sheriff’s Office says (cnn.com)
- 2 killed at Nevada middle school; witness says student shot teacher (wqad.com)
- Obama: ‘Epidemic of gun violence’ tearing US apart (itv.com)
- Landmark study on gun violence (deansblog.law.northwestern.edu)