Enough is Enough

Protect the innocent...
Protect the innocent…

There has been enough shootings.  I was working on a blog entry about the holiday colors but with Friday’s horrible shooting in Connecticut, that commentary will have to wait.  As a result, I was left saddened, shocked, and angry.  When is America going to have an honest discussion about gun control?

Since April 2nd there has been 7 major shooting incidents.  7 killed and 3 wounded at an Oakland Christian college, 12 killed and 58 wounded at a movie theater in Denver, 6 killed in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, 2 killed and 8 wounded at the Empire State Building in New York City, 5 killed at a sign company in Minneapolis, 3 killed in a spa in Milwaukee, and 26 killed recently (mostly children) at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.  The numbers keep adding up but they represent real innocent victims.

President Obama on the Newton massacre: “So our hearts are broken today — for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost.  Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.”

Here’s Rush Limbaugh’s radio response according to Real Clear Politics in a San Francisco Chronicle article: “It is terrible, incomprehensible but I’m going to tell you something – as we sit here at this very moment, you know it and I know it – there are liberals trying to find a way to blame this on conservatives or Republicans…”  Really?  I think Americans are sick and tired of seeing innocent people die while politicians remain silent due to special interest handcuffs.

There needs to be mandatory mental health checks prior and after gun purchases.  Also, mental health services have to be available to everyone- anytime.  We need universal healthcare to move forward from the economic disparity that exists in our nation.  How about a ban on assault weapons?  Yes, we can’t stop every insane individual but preventive steps are necessary to end the violence.

Starting a discussion is a start however action is required now:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/today-day-sponsor-strict-gun-control-laws-wake-ct-school-massacre/RH2jzffq

The Links:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Source-29-dead-including-22-children-in-Newtown-4118505.php

http://news.yahoo.com/tiimeline-major-shooting-incidents-united-states-185007308.html

http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-full-text-of-president-barack-obamas-speech-following-connecticut-shooting-20121214,0,1042634.column?track=rss

http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2012/12/14/rush-limbaugh-liberals-already-hatching-a-plan-to-blame-newtown-shooting-on-conservatives-republicans/

http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/14/politics/obama-assault-weapons/index.html

3 thoughts on “Enough is Enough

  1. I am the mother of five biological children and any other child on this earth that needs me. When are we as a race going to understand that anything that a person with intent to harm chooses to use can be a weapon. Ask any prison guard or inmate and they will tell you this is so. Have we learned nothing from 9-11-2001? Guns were not the weapons used. Until we learn to value each other, value life, and teach our children to love and treat others the way they want to be treated nothing is going to change. Do I believe there should be stricter gun laws? Yes I do. However, I also believe that stricter laws will not create a positive change without our attitudes changing as well. I believe that someone who plans to purchase a firearm should have to go through the same interrogation and testing as our police officers do.

  2. It’s a complex issue that will have to be approached at many different levels. However, there needs to be change now because what we’re doing now isn’t working…

  3. I completely agree. To say that it is a complex issue is surely an understatement. We must figure out what changes need to be made and act quickly. I do not think that this issue can be solved by our government and new laws alone. We, as a society, have got to make changes as well.

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