I think it goes without saying there has been an obvious uptick in gun violence in the United States over the last few years, including the hoped final straw being Sandy Hook – where the deaths of 20 children prompted members of Congress and even the President of the United States to take a stance on the issue of gun control.
Gun deaths have plagued our nation exponentially since the assault weapons ban expired in 2004. Proponents both for and against the assault weapons ban cherry-pick statistics to curry favor in their direction for the issue of gun control legislation.
Politics aside, it is an irrefutable fact that since the ban was rescinded Americans have been plagued with mass killings the like we have never before seen in the civilized history of our Republic. Simply doing nothing is clearly not the answer. We have been doing nothing for the last 10 years and that hasn’t changed anything — the ammosexuals whine that good guys with guns will stop the bad guys with guns, and I’m still waiting to see the irrefutable data on that.
As I don’t see that surfacing anytime soon I, a former pro-gun anti-legislation proponent. have seen our beloved country go from a respectable leader of the free world to a degradation over which our founding fathers would hang their heads in shame. I find myself ashamed of the massive violence that plagues our nation, although I don’t believe it is a gun problem. Canada has a comparable number of guns in their society and yet have a much smaller crime rate of mass killings than we do. No, it is not a gun problem. It is an American problem…
In that situation we must seriously look in the mirror and address what is to be done! I’m stepping off my soapbox of defending guns. As much as I enjoy guns (and that would be A LOT) I can no longer defend their unmitigated and unregulated use in my nation. I held the staunch conservative line through all the shootings, through all the massacres, through all the bullsh*t , all while doubting my own resolve on such a philosophical issue – while witnessing the suffering of my fellow countrymen. It’s not even a choice for me anymore. We NEED gun control legislation.
And yet we have fools like Chris Christie, who is the Governor charged with ensuring the greater good of the State which elected him to high office, and he refuses to accept the facts of the times because it serves the greater good of his political career. I thought elected officials and civil servants were supposed to serve their electorate. Silly me!
After vetoing a bill to enact restrictions against ammunition magazine sizes he refused to meet with the parents of the slain children from the Sandy Hook massacre. He might be able to wake up in the morning and look himself in the mirror, but apparently the realization of his partisanship makes him feel shame in looking into the faces of those who have actually sacrificed – unwillingly so!
Christie’s statements on the matter:
“I already signed it. It would have been really hypocritical for me to sit down and act like I was listening to their arguments, again, when in fact I already signed the conditional veto.”
Really? You couldn’t have considered speaking to your constituents — the citizens whom you represent, and the ones who were SPECIFICALLY affected by this issue at large, prior to signing this bill? It’s not like it was just a random hobnob of Joe Blows at a town hall meeting — these are the few citizens directly touched by the murders of their own children!
It is already well-known you were a heartless chickenhawk d-bag, but damn!…that just took it to another level.
According to the parents, who are right by the way:
“We know that smaller magazines would have saved more lives. Possibly even the lives of our own children.”
You may have come to the same conclusion, although in my own experience I can’t even see how – I’ve dealt with guns for a long time, and even with professionally trained Marines if there be a medical health issue they are restricted from even touching a weapon until medically cleared…
So if it the stringent requirements for Marines handling weapons is that strict, and we are perhaps the most pro-gun community in the nation (because we are a sub-culture of the US — we are not like regular citizens) then you would think you could learn a thing or two from us.
It’s not like one of the most famous quotes of all time (coming from an Army General, John Joseph Pershing, no less) is
“The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle”
You could learn a thing or two from the professionalism Marines have in understanding how to properly issue out and handle weapons. America could take a lesson.
We need sensible gun control legislation. We need to fix this. I didn’t sacrifice overseas to come home to a country ravaged by the same violent problems I witnessed in third world countries.
Photo: The victims of the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newton, Connecticut. Top row: (L-R) Ana Marquez-Greene, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Emilie Parker, Noah Pozner. Second row: (L-R) Jesse Lewis, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Charlotte Bacon, Chase Kowalski. Third row: (L-R) Daniel Barden, Jack Pinto, Catherine Hubbard, Dylan Hockley, Benjamin Wheeler. Fourth row: (L-R) Grace McDonnell, James Mattioli, Avielle Richman, Rachel Davino, Anne Marie Murphy. Fifth row: (L-R) Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Dawn Hochsprung, Nancy Lanza.