As I write this post, it is just after 10:00 p.m. on January 1st 2022 in the U.S. and already 99 people have lost their lives to gun violence in the first 22 hours of the new year. One of my New Year’s hopes I wrote about in a previous post was that reasonable gun laws would be enacted by Congress before the end of the year. Had I taken a moment to write to members of Congress after seeing today’s statistics, my letter would have started with …
Hey, you STUPID Jackass, take your head out of your arse and do something right just for once!!!
But, as our friend Keith reminds me from time to time, that isn’t the right approach. It is certainly the one I felt at that moment in time, though. There is something wrong with a nation, a society, whose citizens demand to be allowed to kill people, and that is exactly what the gun nuts in this country are doing. Guns are intended to kill. Period. The only reason any fool wants to own a gun is to kill, whether they wish to kill fellow humans or animals. And they will fight for the right to own an arsenal so that they can kill lots of people, before they will fight for the right for their children to get a good education or be able to live healthy lives. Their guns mean more than their children, spouses, co-workers, neighbors, or dogs.
When I mention ‘reasonable gun legislation’, it is because I know that the sort of gun laws I would really like to see will never pass muster in this nation. So, by ‘reasonable’, I am willing to compromise and settle for serious background checks on ALL gun purchases, disallowing anybody with a history of violence from owning a gun, and a cessation of conceal carry laws. You want to carry a gun into Wal-Mart? Fine, but make sure it can be seen by us all so we can exit and do our shopping elsewhere. You’ll have most of the store to yourself … just you and your gun.
Last year, there were 42 school shootings in this country. FORTY-TWO!!! Thousands of children’s lives were in danger as they attempted to get an education! Only in the good ol’ US of A.
In 2021, 44,768 people died as a result of gun violence. Granted, Covid took more lives in the same time frame, and that is also the fault of the people in this nation who refuse to take precautions, but it is a story for another day. Also, in 2021 there were 693 mass shootings, 310 children killed, 746 injured, 1,223 teens killed and 3,368 injured! And yet, people just roll their eyes, shrug their shoulders, and go back to watching their televisions or grilling steaks on the backyard barbeque!
Every single year the number of mass shootings, the number of children and teens killed by guns, increases over the prior year. EVERY YEAR! No other nation on earth has such an abysmal record!
Last month in Oxford, Michigan, a father purchased a gun for his 15-year-old son. The next day, the son, Ethan Crumbley, took the gun to school where, with malice aforethought, he shot and killed four of his classmates and injured seven others. He is being charged as an adult and will likely spend most of the rest of his life behind bars … as should his parents. The parents are cowards who ran and hid, leaving their son to shoulder the blame by himself. What parent in his/her right mind puts a killing machine in the hands of a teen??? A gun nut, that’s who.
No other country turns a blind eye, permits almost anybody to own a gun, as the U.S. In essence, this nation tells people that it’s okay to kill … just don’t get caught! In 1994, Congress actually got off their collective arses and passed the Federal Assault Weapons Ban that prohibited civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms that were defined as assault weapons as well as certain ammunition magazines that were defined as large capacity. Unfortunately, by the time it expired ten years later in 2004, enough members of Congress were bought and paid-for by the NRA that the law was allowed to expire on September 13, 2004. Every time that reinstatement has even been mentioned, the gun nuts go berserk and the members of Congress tuck their tails between their legs and slink off to safer turf.
I don’t know about you folks, but I’m sick and damn tired of walking through the grocery store not knowing whether that man perusing the bell peppers is carrying a gun and might just go off on a tangent if somebody accidentally bumps him with their cart. I’m sick and damn tired of worrying about the children I see walking past my house in the morning on their way to the school bus, not knowing if they will be safe and return home all in one piece in the afternoon. I’m sick and damn tired of reading about multiple shootings in my city every night, two of which were within a few feet of my front door last year!
DO SOMETHING, Congress! The gun nuts in this country are destroying our peace of mind, not to mention our safety! You have a responsibility … a grave responsibility … to every one of the people in this country. Instead, you are owned, lock stock and barrel, by the wealthy arms industry and cowed by the gun nuts in the nation. What about the rest of us? Think about it.