Texas Shooting Re-Ignites Gun Debate; Why Can't We Solve This Problem?

Updated on November 21, 2017
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I am a mom of two awesome children who teach me more daily than I ever thought possible. I love writing, exercise, movies, & LGBT advocacy.

Yet another shooting has occurred and people are left demanding answers.
Yet another shooting has occurred and people are left demanding answers. | Source

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??

FBI, Local Police Involved; Residents Praying
FBI, Local Police Involved; Residents Praying | Source

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.

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        Mr. Happy 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada

        So Mr. Ahorseback, are You telling me that if Canada had 13 mass shooting since 1965, the United States only had 130 mass shootings since 1965? You can't possibly believe that. You guys shoot each other down there like it's the last day on Earth.

        And like I said in my previous comment, I'm not anti-guns. Neither are my fellow Canadians. We hunt, target shoot, etc. We just don't shoot each other as much as people south of our border do. We have strict gun laws and they are enforced. That's all.

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        Mr Bueno 7 months ago from Cambridge, UK

        Erm..... "1,000 mass shootings in 1,260 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like":

        https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive...

        That's apples and oranges alright!

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        ahorseback 7 months ago

        Mr Happy , Canada has one tenth the population of the US , therefore making the comparisons you and the anti-gun crowd make -totally useless . Apples and oranges but judging by your list ,Canada is a kind of violent place .

        See the problem with stats?

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        Mr. Happy 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada

        Mr. Ahorseback, please don't drag Canada into the mess the United States is in. We, here in Canada have riffles, shotguns, hand-guns; we love hunting and target shooting but we do not have the massacres that You guys have down South.

        I have lived in Toronto, a city with almost three million people, for over twenty years. I think I've heard of about two mass shootings in these twenty years of being here.

        Let's look at the facts though. Mass shootings in Canada since 1965:

        * Leonard Hogue murder-suicide (1965)

        * Shell Lake massacre (1967)

        * Ecole Polytechnique (1989)

        * Concordia University shooting spree (1992)

        * Vernon B.C. killings (1996)

        * Cruse family murders (2002)

        * Mayerthorpe RCMP killings (2005)

        * Dawson College shooting (2006)

        * Shedden massacre (2006)

        * Claresholm highway killings (2011)

        * Moncton RCMP shooting (2014)

        * Edmonton mass killings (2014)

        * La Loche shooting (2016)

        Now, You try to list all the mass shootings since 1965 in the United States. You'll most likely end-up with a novel. So, again please do not compare Canada to the United States when it comes to gun crime, or gun laws. It's like apples and oranges.

        All the best!

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        ahorseback 7 months ago

        The Gun debate pops up it's ugly head every time a shooting occurs, America is a nation of laws , not reactionary political correctors. So here's the deal , for one we are not taking care of mental illness' in any of our countries . Canada is no exception , Two , the amount of news media in America AND the rest of the worlds attention span to America's media related problems is another factor . Don't murders happen in Canada ? In the UK. ? Three, "statistics " can't be believed when they are created to suit the cause in and of our media .

        Tragedies happen . Mental illness' happen . One more law doesn't and won't change a thing .

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