A Solution to the Growing Gun Violence

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It has become evident that the President and Congress continue to deflect any attempt at controlling the gun violence that has become epidemic throughout our country. Congress’ inability to stand up to the gun lobby and take a common-sense approach to the sale and dissemination of weapons, especially automatic weapons, is disheartening, especially when confronted with the ever-growing innocent casualties resulting from their criminal inaction, simply for the sake of a vote or cash infusion of campaign money by the gun lobby and its fervent supporters.

A SOLUTION TO THE GROWING GUN VIOLENCE

By Al Garcia

It has become evident that the President and Congress continue to deflect any attempt at controlling the gun violence that has become epidemic throughout our country.  Congress’ inability to stand up to the gun lobby and take a common-sense approach to the sale and dissemination of weapons, especially automatic weapons, is disheartening, especially when confronted with the ever-growing innocent casualties resulting from their criminal inaction, simply for the sake of a vote or cash infusion of campaign money by the gun lobby and its fervent supporters.

If Congress cannot legislate some sort of gun legislation for the benefit of the ordinary American citizenry, then Congress must act to protect all citizens being victimized by the only logical alternative – arm all Americans.  At the age of 18, all U.S. Citizens should be issued an M-16 (or equivalent).  In this manner, Congress retains its pro-gun voters and the infusion of gun lobby funding, ardent gun supporters and enthusiasts can keep and continue to stockpile their high-powered war weaponry, and, us ordinary citizens will have at our disposal, while at the grocery store, cinema, church, school or work, self-protection when the need arises.  It’s all very simple, and the Second Amendment remains unscathed, hallowed, and strong.

There would be no waiting time, or long lines at gun stores, or background check requirements.  Just reach the ripe old age of 18, have good eyesight, and bingo – you’re locked and loaded.  The DMV can issue a driver’s license and a gun license at the same time.  Since America is becoming, or rather has become, a place where individuals can obtain weapons used in theaters of war, made solely for the killing of men, women and children, then arming each and every American is, and must be, the only logical next step.  If the President and Congress feel that these war weapons are allowable in our homes and on our streets, then let’s do it right.  Arm the population that finds itself in the killing fields across our nation – killing fields that now include our schools, our churches, our government buildings, our office buildings, our airports, and our very homes.

Move over Double 07, we’re Americans, and we’ve got a license to kill!

If this sound stupid, it’s because it is!  Congress should just use common sense and common governance.  Nothing more and nothing less.  The Second Amendment will always remain a strong and vital part of our national heritage and our Constitution, regardless of what the gun lobby and its zealous supports may suggest. 

Doing the right thing is just following common sense, and not listening to over-used and outdated dogma.  And what is the right thing?  I don’t know.  That is why I would love to have Congress take this matter up and talk about it, and debate it.  Open it up to discussion.  Let the gun lobby explain to us why we need war weaponry in our streets and in our schools.  Let gun enthusiasts explain to us why they need automatic hunting weapons.  Let the father or mother of a child gunned down in a school room, or the husband or wife of an office worker shot in a flurry of gunfire, explain to us how it affected and impacted their lives and the lives of everyone around them. 

That is what I want to see and hear – a nation of angry Americans, determined to simply start a dialogue, and engage the President, the Congress and each other, with facts, not unfounded or made-up facts and delusions.  The gun lobby and money do speak to Congress, loud and clear.  But WE the people are Congress.  We must, therefore, ensure that the people that we place into the seats once occupied by some of our greatest patriots and countrymen, listen to our voices – and that they will put America first, if we speak in unison.  Maybe our Congressional leaders would even consider putting political ambition and campaign donations somewhere on the back burner, instead of at the top of their priorities. I know, that is only whimsical thinking, but as we have seen of late, stranger things have happened that we never thought possible – like the overthrow of our government. 

Just a thought for the growing gun violence – not one etched in stone, but in the blood and tears of those who know the pain of senseless loss in one moment of unconstrained madness.


Submitted: June 13, 2021

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Bert Broomberg

Perhaps America can learn something from the old world. Sometimes it pays off to have a good look at things outside your own borders. Look, test, learn and keep what fits your situation, and don't be dogmatic about it.

Tue, June 29th, 2021 2:01pm

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