I thought my workout was an excellent one, burning muscles, sweat, and a FitBit telling, “Great Job!”
I thought I would finish with some time on the elliptical and thought headphones plus overhead TV would speed that time.
Wrong. My heart sank. Here we are again. Death. Mourning. “Thoughts and Prayers”.
Enough. Enough with the thoughts and prayers nonsense. No more empty gestures.
Stop differentiating “terrorism” from “mental health issues” based solely on the color of the attacker’s skin or religion followed. Enough with immediate calls to action after someone dark skinned kills but empty, hollow, inaction because the light skinned person is a “lone wolf and you just can’t stop that”.
Quit claiming shootings at a church are an attack on christianity while listening to many pastors peddling the hate which fuels these fires.
Enough worshipping at the alter of the 2nd Amendment. That’s what this is, one amendment has gained more weight and importance than all others. It has become a god to its followers. It outweighs the right to life. This cannot be.
This IS a solvable problem. We CAN predict this. We CAN prevent this.
Gun ownership rates are a predictor for the society. Violent crime history, especially domestic violence, is a predictor for the individual. Gun model purchase habits are a predictor.
Gun shows, online gun sales, swap n shop style trades, must end. If I must purchase my bourbon from a licensed and regulated store, asking the same for weapon purchases is logical.
Full background checks, every purchase, every time, no exceptions or exemptions.
If you have any history of violent crime you do not get to purchase or own a gun. History of or currently active court case for domestic violence? No guns. Ever.
AR class weapons are used in almost 100% of mass shootings. There is a known psychological connection between those weapons and acts of violence. They are useless for hunting. There are better choices for personal and home defense. They are designed for exactly one purpose, killing other human beings, many of them, quickly. It is time for them to go. Same for bump stocks, high capacity magazines, silencers and suppressors, and any other para-military or tactical style weaponry.
Johnny gun owner(s) with these is not going to overthrow our government or stop the largest military in the history of the world. Stop enabling that fantasy.
Police are unified in opposition to open carry laws. Open carry with visible weapons creates tension and fear. It is time for open carry to go away.
No one questions the need for training, licensing, and insurance for operation of a car, heavy equipment, chemicals, etc. The more dangerous the situation, the more training, licensure, and insurance required. Why do we question it for gun ownership? It is time to make those a requirement.
Not one thing I’ve mentioned, NOT ONE, in any way infringes upon any 2nd Amendment right. They do not prevent hunting, personal defense, or home defense. They are common sense, logical, steps.
These actions, and more, have happened in other countries. What resulted? Mass shootings ceased, gun homicides plummeted, fatal suicide attempts dropped. What occurred? Positive human outcomes.
For decades doing nothing has led to where we are. More guns in the hands of more people has led to where we are. It is time to try something, anything, more than thoughts and prayers.