Today in America, there is practically no single day going by, without hearing about another bloodshed. According to the statistics, we now have more mass shootings than days in the year. Yes, I have bitched about this subject many times before, and I will do it again until something significant is done about gun violence.
This is the elephant in the room, which everybody studiously ignores despite its loud trumpeting. Especially the Right, always so full of piety and patriotism.
We are now facing another type of pandemic, where instead of wearing facemasks, we will soon have to wear helmets and bulletproof vests before venturing to any public area.
According to the BBC, “The US ratio of 120.5 firearms per 100 residents, up from 88 per 100 in 2011, far surpasses that of other countries around the world.”
In many ways, we seem like Russian citizens, afraid to say anything derogatory about the carnage in Ukraine. But unlike Russia, instead of being thrown in the slammer, we might get shot if we do.
New Zealand showed the way how the gun problem could be solved. After the March 15, 2019, mass shooting in Christchurch, the government swiftly passed a series of reforms.
According to the International Bar Association
“The reforms included a ban on all assault rifles, military-style semi-automatic guns, high-capacity magazines, and parts that can be used to build military style-semi automatic weapons.”
The only reforms we seem to do in America, are laws preventing women to get abortions or birth control medications. I am afraid that “the land of the brave and the home of the free” has become the laughingstock of the world.
Our timorous lawmakers are afraid to lose their precious “gagne pain” if they dare to bring this subject to the table. It seems that the only way they will finally tackle this endemic bloodshed will be when one of them becomes a casualty.
Today, make no mistake, nobody is safe. You never know when a deranged or vindictive individual is going to strike. Is that a way to live?
Pressure your elected official to shorten their exotic vacations (hello Clarence) and get to work to pass life-saving reforms!