Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Politics vs Humanity

I haven't posted in months, but that was before I was on Twitter and had followers. So I'm starting again.  I heard some of the Republican pundits AND members of the U.S. Congress saying that "now is not the time to talk about gun control laws." I would bet Mitt Romney's $10,000 that any victim of the horrific shooting  that happened in Aurora, CO would think that a wonderful way to honor those who lost their lives and their families, plus those who were injured would be to DO SOMETHING about people having access to more protective gear than our soldiers on the front. They would be honored by a change to the assault weapons sales, along with the purchase online of exhorbitant amounts of bullets. At least they could have some peace that this did not happen in vain. Small consolation I know, but at least it's better to do something positive; and it's shameful to do nothing at all.

I am a parent, and I would like to know that my daughter & her boyfriend could go to the movies and only be frightened by what is on the screen, not fearing for their lives. There is no reason whatsoever for a civilian to own an assault weapon. Nada. Zilch. None. So why are we going through another tragic event like the one that happened in Columbine or VATech, et al? Because the NRA threatens people running for office that it's their way or the bullet ridden highway. But our citizens do nothing.

Of course, the shooter is still "alleged" to have killed 12 and wounded 58 others; so it is his fault. But he was enabled by the NRA and their ridiculously lax gun laws. But we need to have a conversation about this NOW, since it's impossible to do last week, say Thursday afternoon...Responsible citizens may be allowed to have guns for hunting or protecting their homes & families (altho I don't necessarily believe that part), but an assault weapon should only be used by the police (in DIRE circumstances) and the military.

And all gun owners should be held accountable for their actions; i.e., hospital bills, over time for police and other first responders, as well as the funerals for those who have died. How is this a political argument? It's a humane argument. As much as people have the right to bear arms (tho there was NOTHING in the Constitution about AK's), so too do people have the right to go shopping or to a movie w/out wondering if they'll make it out of the mall or theater alive.

Please, NRA, use common sense. Don't regard gun ownership higher than the value of a life. Do it now, while we are still bleeding from this senseless act of violence, not when we are finished grieving and push it out of our minds.

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