Texas Shooting Re-Ignites Gun Debate; Why Can't We Solve This Problem?
One Month and Four Days After the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas, Another Massacre Has Occurred and Resulted in the Loss of Over 27 Lives
Are you kidding me?
I hop on Facebook after dinner, debating about a writing topic. I've been on a bit of a roll lately, and generally speaking, if I'm not inspired by something my friends have suggested or said, I turn to either Google Trends or Facebook trends. I seriously did not believe it when I read that Texas is currently in crisis as they cope with a shooting that has left at least 27 dead.
It's been a grand total of about 33 or 34 days since the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Outside of continued investigations into why the Las Vegas shooting occurred in the first place, there appears to have been little done by Congress as far as gun control is concerned.
I want to be clear right now—I have no issue with competitive shooting or with hunting. I have friends who compete regularly in shooting competitions across the globe and I have family members who hunt as part of long-standing family traditions and all those involved split the benefits of actually catching something beyond a cold. I think responsible gun ownership, which should also involve proper training to use and store said gun, is important. I think firearms should be properly stored, and I believe that if someone is using a firearm for the purposes of hunting to feed his or her family, that's an important tradition that should be maintained.
I truly do not get why firearms are just so easily accessible down in the States. There's no need for it. There are people thinking they should get handguns and assault rifles for the sake of just having them.
I realize that those who are obtaining firearms aren't necessarily doing so legally, but the fact of the matter is that firearms are ridiculously, easily accessible in the States, and no one, except for those who need them for hunting or for prepping for a competitive shooting team and other similar pursuits, should be able to assemble any sort of stockpile.
This Texas church shooting marks the third in three years.
What the hell??
We Can't Make Sense of This
Even as a Canadian, I look at the violence that keeps erupting in the United States and I seriously wonder how to make sense of it.
I don't know that I can.
Compounding the issue is that my oldest child is 13 years old. She enjoys reading the news and she is more than aware of just how violent the world is becoming. This is a world that I'm ultimately going to leave in her hands and her sister's hands, and right now, I'm not feeling terribly hopeful.
I look at my kids' faces and realize that they are the hope for us—all kids are. Very often, it's our kids who give us that fresh perspective on any given situation that will allow us the space we need to actually smile and breathe once again.
The gunman in this latest tragedy is apparently also dead, and while there doesn't appear to be any clear answer as to whether it was by his hand or during some sort of exchange of gunfire, the fact of the matter is that he has escaped any sort of punishment for this heinous crime. One of the reported dead is a 14-year-old girl, and while it's absolutely terrible that anyone should have died—it's terrible, indeed, that anything like this would have happened in the first place—it seems doubly tragic that someone who was just starting out in life has had her own life cut incredibly short.
We know what's going to come tomorrow; every talk show will be stepping forward with their own call to congress to stop focusing on issues that may not be terribly important after all and to stop being influenced by the amazingly powerful gun lobby that the NRA is a significant part of. People will be calling for congress to actually do something about gun control.
We know that there will be thousands, if not millions, of #TexasStrong hashtags and variations of this to accompany the #VegasStrong hashtag that was so prevalent a month ago.
We also know that, unless a miracle happens, politicos in the United States will make very fews moves to try and actually get the firearms away from those who want to do harm to so many.
We need to make sure that changes. Today.