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: