Monday, July 24, 2017


What I want is to keep guns out of the hands of people who have been deemed a threat to themselves or others. We can dramatically reduce the numbers of school shootings and incidents of gun violence if we would keep weapons out of the hands of those people.

Misguided Second Amendment proponents come up with an endless list of reasons as to why this or that proposal is bad, why this or that proposal violates individual rights. Second Amendment proponents are people you go to when you want to be told, “This or that idea is no good” or “that violates the Constitution.” They have no ideas or counter proposals, all they have is criticism. The main staple of their vocabulary is “no.” Even Jeb Bush, when asked to comment on the recent spate of school shootings, shrugged his shoulders and said, “Stuff happens.”

We, as a nation, seem paralyzed to take action. Every time legislation is proposed that might help curb the epidemic of gun violence, Second Amendment advocates decry it as a violation of Constitutional rights to bear arms. Nowhere do they mention the Constitutional rights of the dead and wounded victims.

The problem of gun violence in this country has reach epidemic proportions and it is getting worse. From Columbine, to Grundy, to Blacksburg, to Aurora, to Charleston, to Roseburg, to Northern Arizona on it goes. The bodies are piled higher and higher, and we take no action to end the carnage. (To be continued)

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