The Majority Should Trump The Minority
According to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, over 16,000 people in the United States were shot this year. Slate is reporting that 2363 people have been killed by guns since the Newtown tragedy on December 14th. In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, the United States ranked at No. 1. The estimated total number of guns held by civilians in the United States is 270,000,000. Gun deaths by year:
To put it into perspective, the total for 2011 is about eight times the number of our military killed in the invasion of Iraq.
Percentage of gun owners in the United States; 10.
To those in Congress who have chosen not to act on the proposed change in gun laws, I ask; “Who are you representing?” You are not concerned with the majority of the voting public, you support the 10%. More truthfully, you only have ears for a lobby, the NRA.
Why is that? Is it the money you receive in the form of campaign contributions, trips, and gifts?
It’s just plain common sense that we make the three changes proposed by the President, law enforcement agencies, and activist groups. These are three minor changes that in no way affect gun ownership or the spirit of the second amendment. They are: More thorough background checks of all would-be gun purchasers; Banning assault rifles of the type used in Aurora and at Sandy Hook Elementary; Eliminate high-output magazines.
The biggest problem with any idea that is logical and just plain common sense, is that the opposition will tell blatant lies, and create enough emotion by the supposition of “never-going-to-happen” scenarios, that many will follow and refuse to see the truth.
We have become a nation of followers. We have few respected leaders to help us “do the right thing”. Our President is asking us to do just that, act on a minor change in our society to protect the innocent.
I am not naïve enough to think this will stop murder by guns. But if by taking action we could save 1, 20, 100, or a 1000 lives a year, it’s worth it.
Columnist-The Guardian Express