The Truth of the Matter …

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. gun-deaths-relative.png

gun ownership statsThis 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.

20 thoughts on “The Truth of the Matter …

  1. Oh no, no, no. Everything would have been fine if all the victims had taken the trouble to buy their own firearms and go on intensive training courses in the use thereupon. They should also have invested in and been wearing body armor. The problem lies with people themselves thinking it could not happen to them…right? The guns aren’t the problem…You see?
    And the incumbent in the Whitehouse is only trying to make America grate again.
    I know I’m right because these ten little red elephants dancing on my laptop agree with me.

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      • I don’t need Kool-Aid thank you, watching the antics of the extremes of all sides is freaky enough.
        Fear not dear Jill inside I am at peace for the re-write of ‘Skirmishers’ is complete. 🤗All that needs to be done is get a cover and do the check for spelling, typos, grammar and stuff-like-that. Watch the blog for up-dates.

        Now guys, you mustn’t think about seeing little red elephants. Red elephants are silly, and mean; they will try to stamp on your food dishes (Yes I know Tiger Lilly that would be the last thing they’d ever do) and they make Gwannie use bad words 🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀.
        Now instead here are some sensible normal little elephants; be nice with them….🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘.

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Sad American reality … ‘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.’ … and sane people know that there’s no crisis related to immigrants seeking refuge!!

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  3. Jill, closer to home, in Owensboro we have had 3 cases of multiple murders in the local paper in the past month. The victims and the murderers all identified and all born and raised here. Not a single one of them from Mexico. So I wonder when Mr. Tramp (not a typo) will decide to build a wall around Owensboro? And when will he begin tearing down the statue of Liberty” If he is going to stop welcoming the tired and poor from other countries the statue is no longer a symbol of this country and what it stands for. So it must go! Then what next? Oh yes, a wall across the northern border to keep people from sneaking in thru Canada would have to follow. And of course we would have to have the oceans patrolled to keep people who would sneak in by boat from succeeding. Or maybe just build the walls around the coastlines as well. Probably problematic in California, and then there’s Alaska and Hawaii to think about. Heavens to betsianna, he really should just build that wall around himself. Oh, I think I’ve suggested that before. But maybe if Congress grants him the money he wants we should all get together and build a wall around Washington, D.C. and forget to put in gates, windows or doors!
    😇🤣🐔🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️

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    • Wow … you’ve got your share of crime down there! Yes, perhaps a wall is needed … but let’s get you out first! You’ll notice that Trump rarely comments about multiple shootings committed by white male citizens. Sigh. Walls, walls, walls … you are right … build one wall, then another will be required somewhere else. If I were Canada, I’d be considering a wall on their southern border, because if things keep on here as they are, there will be a lot of migrants from the U.S. heading north! I’ve considered it more than once myself, and am still considering it. Personally, rather than build a wall around Trump, I’d opt for wrapping him, head-to-toe, in duct tape and then throwing him into the Potomac! What do you think? 🤣

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      • SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN TO ME! AND ONE OF THE MULTIPLE MURDERS HERE — WEEK BEFORE LAST ONE, WAS COMMITTED BY A WHITE WOMAN!!! THAT MAKES IT EVEN WORSE IN MY BOOK SINCE IT WASN’T EVEN HER HUSBAND. A HUBBY WOULD BE UNDERSTANDABLE TO ME, BUT OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS DON’T MAKE MUCH SENSE.
        MY BROTHER HAS ALREADY LOOKED INTO OTHER COUNTRIES BEGINNING WITH CANADA AND THEY ARE NOT ACCEPTING AMERICAN IMMIGRANTS. R SHUD I SAY US. IMMIGRANTS. TRUMP SHUT THOSE DOORS THE FIRST MONTH OF HIS REIGN OF TERROR. I’M SURE HE HASN’T MADE IT ANY EASIER FOR US IN THE FOLLOWING MONTHS, AND HE STILL HAS A COUPLE OF YEARS TO GO. THEN OF COURSE HE WILL PROBABY BUY THE NEXT ELECTION AGAIN, SO I PROBABLY WON’T WIN IT THIS TIME AROUND. I CAN SEE THAT I’LL HAVE TO LIVE ANOTHER 50 YYEARS JUST TO STRAIGHTEN THE GOVERNMENT UT!

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  4. Well stated Jill. I’d like to see the US percentage rates of gun related killings as a % of homicides drop to 10% before the NRA started squawking.It’s never going to happen though unless the Government take the problem seriously.That means without the Government receiving the bribes it currently does from the NRA though.
    Dragging people out of poverty is one they’d better start looking at now because Trump’s increase in the National Debt is likely to make poverty worse and the poorest will end up working as peasants on the lands of the rich.
    Cwtch

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    • Thanks David. Yes, if we even reduced gun-related fatalities to 20% of the total, it would be a major improvement. But, as we both know, that is unlikely to happen under present circumstances, for the average American citizen values his right to own a gun more than he values his responsibility as a parent. Eventually, the U.S. will surrender its guns, but not without a fight, and not under peaceful circumstances. The government daresn’t take the issue of gun control seriously, for it’s constituency would have it drawn and quartered. It is the people who enable the NRA, who enable the horrible lack of legislative oversight. Sigh.

      I think the issue of poverty in the U.S. … and the income disparity, the greed of the 1% … is what will put paid to this nation. Our government listens … nay, falls at the feet of … the wealthiest 1% while it eschews the lowest-earning 50% or more. Ultimately, that is a situation that cannot be sustained. The national debt, the ignorance concerning climate change, the disregard of those living in poverty, the refusal to repair failing water sources, highways and other infrastructure, the decline in education … all will bite this nation. Perhaps sooner, perhaps later, but it WILL happen.

      Cwtch Mawr

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  5. Jill, well said defining a real set of problems. I sent a letter to the editor this morning, including in a list of real problems what you expanded on here. These are the messages that must get highlighted, not overstated problems sold on fear and misinformation. Well done, Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! You are my ‘gold standard’ you know! Yes, we are in the throes of multiple mega-problems, but seem to be stuck in the quicksand of this contrived ‘crisis’. We need to move on and let Trump throw his temper tantrums by himself. We need to become the ‘adults in the room’.

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