Now is not the time to talk about gun control in America? Well, perhaps you’re right. That should have happened 20 years ago, unfortunately no one was listening then; everyone was too busy bickering about their constitutional right to bear arms.
Now is not the time to talk about gun control in America? Well, perhaps you’re right. Friday 14th was when so many young lives were lost in an act of senseless violence. But as you’ve missed that boat, now is as good enough time as any. You don’t want to offend the sensibilities of the families of those lost? Surely you’re offending them more by trying to back-track your way out of the situation and not accepting that action needs to be taken. Gun control laws won’t stop all psychopaths from getting their hands on a gun? You’re right, but surely if you can save just one young life then that is enough of a reward in itself. In fact it would have been better to have talked about gun control legislation in the USA twenty years ago, unfortunately no one was listening then; everyone was too busy bickering about their constitutional right to bear arms.
No other country has such a long rollcall of lives lost in acts of senseless violence, no country can boast that many bereaved parents and lost children or young people. There has to be a reason for that and the reasons are probably many fold. But one of them has to be that there is so little gun control in America; in the UK there were eight gun related crimes last year, in the USA? 10,728. If now isn’t the right time to discuss gun control I don’t know what is. And when I say discuss I mean really, truly discuss and do something about the issue rather than simply making a polical storm with no real meaning or results. To do anything else is to dishonour the long list of the dead:
Pearl, Mississippi 1997. Lydia Kaye Dew (13). Christina Menefee (16). Seven more injured.
West Paducah, Kentucky 1997. Nicole Hadley (14). Jessica James (17). Kayce Steger (15). Five more injured.
Jonesboro, Arkansas 1998. Natalie Brooks (11). Paige Ann Herring (12). Stephanie Johnson (12). Britthney Ryen Varner (11). Shannon Weight (32).
Springfield, Oregon 1998. Ben Walker (17). Mikael Nickolauson (17). Twenty four more injured.
Littleton, Colorado 1999. Rachel Joy Scott (17). Daniel Rohrbough (15). William David Sanders (47). Kyle Velasquez (16). Steven Curnow (14). Cassie Benall (17). Isaiah Shoels (18). Matthew Kechter (16). Lauren Townsend (18). John Tomlin (16). Kelly Fleming (16). Daniel Mauser (15). Corey DePooter (17). Twenty one more injured.