We Have A Problem

Coatesville man, 23, shot to death

Police release video, ID suspects in El train shooting

Slain man had ‘nothing to do with mob,’ sister says

1 arrested, 1 sought in July 4 killing of Unique Russell

Chicago man accused of shooting 3

Cops: Fatal shooting latest in feud between Evanston families

Man, 25, shot to death in Detroit  

Man sought in Slidell killing

Woman gets life in prison for killing boyfriend  

Police following new leads in Midtown murder  

Police: Shots fired at Western Hills HS  

’Poor, hungry and homeless’ gunman robs woman of 50 cents  

Suspect keeps APD SWAT at bay for 6 hours  

Man, 23, shot in Dorchester; sustains life-threatening injuries  

Woman found guilty of murder in transient camp

Police: 20 children among 26 victims of Connecticut school shooting

We have a problem.

Above is a day and a half’s worth of headlines from around the country, which took about 20 minutes to collect on Friday night.  Some of the headlines are reports of incidents that did occur within that 48 hour span, while others are reports of ongoing investigations or trials.

As Americans we consider ourselves the protectors of the free world, but time and again we have proven that we cannot protect ourselves from one another.  If you need proof read any of the headlines above or click on this link that shows where the United States ranks in gun related deaths compared to the rest of the world.

The second amendment is written, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  While I interpret the amendment one way, smarter people than myself see it another way, and that is where we currently stand as a country on the issue of gun control.

Maybe the NRA and gun lobbyists are correct.  Maybe if a teacher was armed they could have ended the intrusion on Friday quickly.  Or maybe if there was an armed guard at Sandy Hook the threat could have been extinguished before anyone was harmed.  But maybe the assailant would have had a quicker trigger finger or maybe he would have been a better shot.  We’ll never know.

What we do know is that 28 individuals were killed on Friday from gunshot wounds.  We also know both sides are in agreement that our current system does not work.  And if nothing changes we will continue to hit the snooze button as a country, knowing that the alarm will go off again sooner or later like it did on Friday in Newtown, Connecticut.

As a country we’ve proven we can no longer be trusted with the privilege of owning fire arms anymore and that it’s time to give the other side a try, meaning we enforce stricter gun laws, don’t allow the general public to posses them, and slow production.

In the coming weeks the NRA and lobbyists will counter by saying that we will never collect all of the guns in the country and that there will always be a black market for them.  While I am in complete agreement with that notion I still have hope that over time guns will become less accessible.

The same people will also say that ridding the country of guns won’t rid the country of evil, to which I’ll point them toward a King Chip lyric.

“Evil is what you make it.”


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