How Many More Must Die Before Congress Acts on Gun Control?
Another child becomes the victim of gun violence and John Liming laments the inability of America’s elected officials to act in a rational manner on gun control.
When I was a child I felt pretty safe sitting in our automobile – I sat in our car by myself even when Mom went in to do her shopping sometimes – and nobody ever bothered me and no one ever shot at me with – a gun!
Now I am reading about a 4-year-old in Florida who wasn’t so lucky as I have been and it simply tears my heart out to read this stuff – but it seems like I am reading more and more of it lately and I really do not see where it all going to lead – but it looks to me like not all that many people who really could do anything to stop all this needless gun violence – violence being aimed more and more at the most vulnerable among us – it looks to me like those who are supposed to be our “leaders” are not able to do very much at all! I think it stinks! I think America ought to really get riled up about all this crap and demand that somebody in Washington do something about it!
But it looks like Hell may freeze over before anything like that happens and I think it is sad – a really sad commentary on us as a nation.
And when you have read it, maybe you might be inclined to get in touch with your elected representatives in Washington and see if they might want to get off their rear ends about the issue of gun violence in America.
Someone ought to realize that if they have the power to act in the best interests of the People and refuse to do so or fail to do so, there is plenty of room to imagine that even in some symbolic manner, they might have innocent blood on their hands until such time as they do decide to use their influence to help stop all this madness.
I hope this kind of stuff does not become so common an occurrence that we start taking it for granted.
John Liming publishes American Liberal Times
I’m not quite sure what John meant by “kind of stuff does not become so common” but here are the numbers on gun-related shootings in the U.S.:
- since the Sandy Hook school shootings on the morning of December 14 2012, an average of 22 people have been killed each and every day
- more than 2200 people have been killed by firearms since Sandy Hook.
- children aged 12 and under killed by firearms: 120 in 2006; 115 in 2007; 116 in 2008, 114 in 2009 and 96 in 2010. These numbers reflect homicides only and do not include gun-related accidental death of children.
On an average day in the United States:
- 162 Americans are wounded by firearms = 7 persons shot every hour
- 30 Americans are killed by firearms = 3 people killed every hour
- 53 Americans commit suicide with a firearm = 4 people every hour
- 11,422 gun-related homicides
- 19,392 gun-related suicides
- 59,208 gun-related injuries
So what is Congress going to do about it all?
Nothing. The bastards are going to let Wayne LaPierre and the the NRA and gun lobbyists and gun manufacturers win again in this endless, fruitless battle where common sense and human life take a back seat to politics and money. If the senseless murder of twenty 6-year-olds is not enough to move these useless politicos to act on gun control, then I can’t imagine what can.