Stop the Talk and Take Action Against Deadly Mass Shootings!
Once again Americans and many throughout the world are grieving and praying for the victims and families of another deadly mass shooting. It’s time for our U.S. Congress and President to stop the talk and take action against deadly mass shootings. This latest horrific episode took place on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018, when a former student entered a Florida high school, activated the fire alarm and as students hurriedly left their classrooms, the suspect opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle, killing at least seventeen and wounding 15 others.
As shocking as this horrifying massacre was, it is not the worst:
Las Vegas, Nevada, October 1, 2017: 58 killed and over 515 wounded.
Orlando, Fl., June 12, 2016: 49 people killed and more than 58 wounded.
Newtown, Conn, December 14, 2012: 27 killed and 20 children wounded at school.
Sutherland Springs, Texas, November 5, 2017: 26 killed, 20 injured in a massacre at Church.
For years we have heard arguments about gun violence, mental illness and how firearms should be regulated, but few truly proactive actions have been taken by those we, as voters, sent to Washington. These slaughters continue on and on. Sure, we hear a good deal of rhetoric from the politicians, but I must ask, what is really being done? Again, its time to stop the talk and take action against deadly mass shootings. If we fail to do so, more massacres will surely happen!
Now for the sticky stuff
First let me be clear, what I have to say here is in no way a political position. In fact, I am a proponent of the Second Amendment and former member of the NRA.
However, in the late 1950s/early 60s, I was an MPDC police detective in Washington, D.C. I remember it was against the law for a citizen to possess any rapid-fire weapon (sub-machine gun, handgun, etc.) that was capable of firing “X” number of bullets within a very short time-frame. I do not know what happened to that “antiquated” law, but I suspect that somewhere along the way, that either that law contained an expiration date that was allowed to expire—without being renewed, or our U.S. Congress saw fit to ignore that law’s value and chose to “update and soften” it while bestowing even more relaxed gun rights to citizens.
Over the past months, I have heard a variety of politically motivated and mundane recommendations on how to minimize such killings. Now, it is my turn to offer up a suggested law proposal that will surely take a proactive step in helping to minimize such senseless crimes: In addition to Congress coming up with some common-sense rules regarding the combination of mental illness and gun ownership issues, I recognize that we cannot totally eliminate mass killings, but we can take a big step towards making each of our environments much safer.
Here’s how: Prohibit ALL private citizens from possessing rapid-fire weapons.
Ask yourselves, what are such weapons used for? Hunting and target practice will most likely be what we will hear. Or perhaps that it is cool to own one of those rapid-fire guns made popular in Hollywood movies. Oh yes, another response, taking such a drastic step will be the first move to take away our 2nd. Amendment rights, … I don’t really think so! (I believe Congress must NOT have found any constitutional issues in prohibiting rapid-fire weapons that were in effect a few decades or so ago.)
With that said I must ask, Does our U.S. Congress and our President have the guts to take prompt action and outlaw those rapid-fire weapons?
It is my sincere hope that both branches of Congress will jointly revisit this extremely serious issue and take those common-sense actions that are best for our American public… Not what is perceived to be in the best interest of either political party. Again, there is simply no logical reason that the average citizen should be able to possess such powerful rapid-fire weapons.
What do you think? Let me know your reasoning.