Gun Violence, a never ending story.

Ten more innocents are dead this week in what was the seventh mass shooting this year. Police say they believe the suspect used an AR-15 style pistol he purchased just six days before the shootings.

Again we are asking why? Why does the greatest nation on earth have such a poor record of making progress in this pandemic of gun violence? The politicians are quick to send their prayers and condolences. What if they would act with the same resolve to reach common-sense laws to protect us from more gun violence. I believe this is not a partisan issue. It is an American disgrace, and we all are guilty of allowing this to continue.

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Living in Kansas, I can predict the lack of support for stricter background checks or other legislation to curb gun violence. I’m not suggesting we take any guns away, but I believe we can make significant progress to end this mass slaughter. We need to make our voices heard.

If our elected would attack this issue with the same tenacity as they do abortion, which I also despise, imagine what could happen. I don’t understand how one life issue is more important than another. I believe the Right to Life starts at conception and ends with natural death.

Where are the ‘Captains of Industry”? In the long run, violence is impacting their bottom line. The cost of health care, security, and loss of productivity are well known. Could the increasing gun violence in the Kansas City metro be a factor in the number of significant employers leaving the area? These businesses have a collective voice that politicians will not ignore, but yet there is silence.

Now we have another growing concern; domestic terrorism. Perhaps, these groups of so-called patriots have always been around, but now they have been invited to commit seditious acts. I’m concerned these groups are as dangerous as the lone-wolf mass terrorists.

Why does anyone need an AR-15 or other automatic weapon? I’ve never heard of a deer taken with something designed for our military. I do support hunters and other responsible gun owners. They do understand the responsibility of owning and using firearms, unlike the teenager who shows up at a protest claiming to “protect” others’ rights and ends up killing someone?.

Yes, these are complicated issues, but we should not lose focus on this scourge of our American way of life.

…that’s 30. Come on America, we can do better.

2 thoughts on “Gun Violence, a never ending story.

  1. Patrick, I agree with you and we also have to do something just as aggressive about our lack of mental health screening and care. How does a sociopath ever get to own an assault style weapon? Sure they can get one on the street, but they don’t have to-because they can get them legally without a background check.
    My main point is- we have no way to help mentally ill people in our society. THAT HAS TO CHANGE. Kel

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  2. I agree wholeheartedly that no one needs to own or use an assault weapon. Because of my personal beliefs, I do not own any guns nor do my sons because of the beliefs we instilled in them. I am trained “Expert” with the M-16 and M-14 and “Marksman” with a .45 caliber pistol while in the U.S. Army. I served a tour in Vietnam and another year in West Germany and in neither deployment was in a combat situation (thankfully); however, I have remained anti-gun entirely. A friend and colleague recently proposed that he initiate a “guitars-for-guns” exchange through local police departments and the charity I direct. There are laws on the books that prevent such exchanges by citizens and the police will, fortunately, have to be involved. There aren’t enough guitars in the world that would replace a single life taken through the uses of guns. We’ll see how this progresses.

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