Y’know … all the talk, talk, talk about building a wall … a useless and extravagantly expensive wall … on the southern border, all the mumbo jumbo about how we have a “crisis” – a manufactured one – on the border, seems utterly ludicrous in light of these three headlines:
- Louisiana shootings leave 5 people dead
- Sebring shooting is Florida’s 7th mass shooting in less than 3 years
- A Texas boxer was shot to death in his own home. The suspect: A 12-year-old boy.
Yes, folks, there is a very real crisis in the United States and it is costing thousands of lives every year. But it isn’t immigration from Mexico, Central America and South America. It is U.S. citizens armed with weapons, arrogance, and a lack of common sense.
The solution to the manufactured crisis on the southern border, as per Donald Trump, is a costly one … likely close to 70 billion dollars for construction and maintenance alone, but even costlier when you consider the damage it will cause to U.S.-Mexico trade and relations, the damage to the environment, and the people who will be displaced and lose their land to eminent domain. The solution to the gun problem will cost only the time it takes to draft legislation for much stricter, yet reasonable gun laws.
In Louisiana …
Dakota Theriot, 21, shot and killed his girlfriend, her father, and her brother before driving to a neighboring county, where he killed his parents on Saturday morning. He was captured and arrested just this morning and charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
In Florida …
Zephen A. Xaver, 21, burst into a SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida, and made the five women he found inside lie face down on the floor before he shot them each in the back of the head, killing them. When he was done, he called the police to tell them what he had done. Xaver was arrested on Wednesday and charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder.
In Texas …
A 12-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, dressed in all black, covered his face with a black bandanna and broke into the home of Texas professional boxer, John Duane VanMeter, in Uvalde, Texas last Wednesday. He shot and killed Mr. VanMeter, and is now in police custody, charged with one count of capital murder.
There were likely others, but these are just the three that made headlines, most recent incidents in the U.S. that led to a loss of human life. All three within the past week, while our backs were turned, while we watched the latest installments of the Trump Circus. Eleven lives lost to people who should not have even had a gun in their possession. U.S. citizens, not immigrants, were the killers. There was not a single incident of murder by an undocumented immigrant last week. Think about that one.
Yes, the U.S. has a crisis, and it has nothing to do with immigration, legal or illegal. Final data for 2018 is not yet available, but in 2017 there were 39,773 deaths caused by guns in the U.S. That is an average of 109 per day … every day of the year.
This nation needs to tune out the rhetoric of its egomaniacal president and take a long, hard look at what our real problems are. Certainly, we must enhance and maintain secure borders, but a far better option than a wall would be to simply enhance security at border checkpoints and airports, where most of the people with criminal backgrounds actually come into the U.S. Meanwhile, we need to address some of our bigger problems, our true crises, such as gun control, infrastructure, national debt, and the biggest one – poverty. Think about it.