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August 7, 2019

By Me

The recent mass murders that occurred in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left nearly 30 dead and over 50 injured, were only slightly less tragic than some. Neither involve a school full of children. The gunman in Texas was targeting Mexicans.

President Trump tweeted on Saturday, “Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people....”

To our President’s credit, he is the first in many years to win control legislation with a bump stock ban that went into effect in March. But in general, our country is in a place that makes us look ridiculous.

Time after time, shooting after shooting, our representatives “pray for the victim’s families” or stand for a moment of silence. But the silence is getting more difficult to hear.

We all read the posts on social media about how gun owners are not the problem. And most now agree that it is a combination of issues that our country faces that contribute to gun violence.

The right to own guns is guaranteed in the Constitution, and no one can deny that. But it also allows for government oversight to ensure that other parts of the country’s doctrine can be preserved... We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.


This does nothing to promote a productive debate, and it makes it appear that there is no room for discussion, period!

(It might be interesting to pointed out that the entire United States Military owns some where around 4.4 million weapons, total.)

For the most part, legal gun owners are not the problem. But it is also irresponsible to promote the idea that violent crimes are mostly committed with illegally obtained guns. That simply isn’t true.

Would a ban on assault style weapons, like the AK-47-style assault rifle the El Paso shooter reportedly ordered online, or the AR-15-style-rifle used in the Dayton shooting, be an infringement of our rights? Both, it was learned, were purchased legally and used in the two recent shootings.

For Me, this is not about wanting to take away anyone’s guns. Just because I don’t own or want to own a gun does not mean I am anti guns.

It has more about how angry I feel inside when a politician stands up and calls for a moment of silence when a school full of children has been gunned down, or how many times “thoughts and prayers” go out to the loved ones who had a daughter or a mother killed in a shopping mall, or nightclub. Or how for the 100th time someone says, “Now is not the time to discuss this.”

It might be true that if lawmakers would have agreed to pass some sort of gun legislation after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children between six and seven years old, and six adult staff members, that El Paso and Dayton might have still happened. But change happens over time. And it may have prevented a tragedy 10 years down the road.

I believe that responsible “gun owners” are not the problem. But that doesn’t mean that our current “gun laws” aren’t. But it may be that until we get to a place that we can agree that mandatory background checks and gun registration are not an invasion of privacy...That being shot it,” can we really even have a debate?

After all, our gun laws are the best that money can buy.

2004 – September 13...

After lengthy and heated debate, Congress allows the 10-year old Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, banning the sale of 19 types of military-style assault weapons, to expire.

There is still no federal law banning such sales.

States and local governments, however, can make laws banning them. It is legal in Wisconsin to purchase military-style assault weapons.


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