We as a Nation Must Stop Gun Violence

We, as a Nation, Must Stop Gun Violence

After so many innocent people have been killed by those who carry guns to prove to themselves they are “important” and “want attention,” how much more do we, as a nation, have to endure before we acknowledge that free-wheeling, gun-carrying, tough guys, don’t make us safe? We don’t need this shoot out at high noon mentality. That was back in the days of the old West. You didn’t like someone so you challenged them to a duel. Women and children hid behind closed doors and the men peered over the swinging doors of the local saloon. Surely we as a nation have progressed since then but unfortunately, and all too often, we have not.

Historically, we are not back in the days of the old West. This is 2013, not the 1800s. Towns no longer have a dirt road for their main street. Unless it is a centennial celebration or some other historical event, men don’t walk around wearing spurs and western gun belts.

But emotionally, where are we? How many more times will an innocent person get killed because of this shoot first, ask questions later attitude? How many more times will someone with a gun take it upon him/herself to play cops and robbers? Enough! Encouraging everyone to have a gun in public is not solving anything and certainly does not make this nation safer.

The United States has the 2nd amendment to the Constitution. That is the right to bear arms. Neither President Obama nor Vice President Biden ever said anything about taking away that right. What they are saying is to crack down on illegal guns and to stop these senseless shootings.

The pro-gun advocates keep saying this is a free country. Since when did freedom mean being afraid to go to a parade, or county fair, picnic, or walk down the street because someone with a loaded gun–someone who is not a trained law enforcement officer–might be there waiting? What if that gun goes off, either accidentally or on purpose? Think of the violence. Think of the consequences.

From Newtown to Florida, from Chicago to Colorado, and all the other places where shootings by wannabe tough, gunslingers caused senseless deaths, this is not acceptable. We, as a nation, must say “Enough!”

Written by: Cynthia Collins, Guardian Correspondent

5 Responses to "We as a Nation Must Stop Gun Violence"

  1. Karen Trumbly   July 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Thank you for trying to educate people in this country. It is sad that there is still so much ignorance in 2013. Apparently these people will not learn until one of their innocent friends or family is shot for no good reason. I hope they change their mind before this senseless violence touches their lives personally. Thank you for your efforts

  2. Rebecca Savastio (@RSavastio)   July 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Actually, gentleman (and ladies?), the “hysterical emotion” becomes abundantly apparent when you resort to personal ad hominem attacks on the author. I guess you were all too busy admiring your gun collections today to see the “op-ed” label on the article. Why not spend time writing your own opinion pieces and publishing them instead of throwing a hissy fit?

  3. OwebamaIsADouchebag   July 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Oh, look…another Blowbama a$$-licking doucheb*g writes another brain dead article on gun control. Typical. Amerika has no rights left after the incompetent doucheb*g PresiDEBT pushes his dictatorial, Socialist./Fascist bullsh*t agenda on us. No guns for us. Let the criminals rob us and kill us without any means of fighting back. Let the corrupt gub’ment control us with no means of fighting back. This is AMERICA. These pieces of sh*t can all go back to he// where they were spawned. I, for one, will not be pushed around.

  4. A detective   July 15, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Obviously the author has allowed hysterical emotion to get in the way of fact. I have 15 years experience in law enforcement. In that time I have worked street patrol and been a homicide investigator. Of all of the homicides I’ve worked, the vast majority of which were over drugs, the presence or lack of a firearm would have made no difference. The victims would still be just as dead after being stabbed or beaten to death. Knowing first hand what is out there, I always carry a weapon off duty as does my wife, who I made sure has had training. And she’s “gasp” not a police officer. She is a hospital administrator. So before you rant about disarming those of us who are not criminals, put the raw emotion in check and do some research. Oh wait, I forgot. “Journalists” don’t do that anymore.

  5. Bite Me   July 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Hooray for unfounded, overtly biased histrionics!

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