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“The truth lives here,” and I can tell you that I wish this was a different story. Sadly, it is not news, it’s just another story about another normal day in America. Yes, I am a pacifist, and I see no need for guns in America, other than those necessary for law enforcement. But even those men and women should receive far more inclusive training before placed in positions where lives are in the hands of those in power.
Mass shootings are so commonplace in America that many are never reported nationally. However, on Friday and Saturday two shootings were large enough that they were reported by most news agencies. The sad part of this story is that there is no longer any shock and anger from our nation’s people. It has become normal life in the United States in the 21st century.
Friday night, inside of Milwaukee’s downtown entertainment center, a shooting occurred leaving four people shot outside of Fiserv Forum where the Milwaukee Bucs had just lost to the Boston Celtics. Minutes later, 17 people were shot just steps away from the first incident. As I write this, no one died from the mass shootings, injuries ranged from serious to minor.
On Saturday, in what has been described as a “hate crime and racially motived violent extremist act,” 10 people were killed in a Supermarket shooting in Buffalo, New York. The slaughter happened just a few miles north of Buffalo, in a predominantly Black neighborhood. The killer was a lone, white gunman armed with an unidentified rifle. Because 13 people were shot in a short period of time, 11 black and two white, I have reason to believe that the shooting must have involved a military assault rifle.
I have written so many articles about the preventable gun violence in America, I no longer know what to say. These types of incidents have become part of everyday life in America and most are preventable.
My heart is broken. I watched the coverage of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 small children, ages five and six, and six educators were ruthlessly murdered by a lone gunman armed with a military weapon. I was writing for a Las Vegas based newspaper. I was sure that our government would finally take action, and do something to halt the slaughter of innocents simply going about their daily lives. Not one thing was done. Today, domestic terrorism is the greatest danger to the people of the United States of America.
Instead, the murder of innocents has become acceptable. It is no longer safe to leave our homes.
I have no hope for change when one entire party, and several members on the left side of the aisle have been bought and paid for by the gun lobby, the NRA. The money they receive from gun owners and gun sellers for their campaigns is more important than the safety of 331 million Americans.
While Republicans and their supporters believe that Roe v Wade should be repealed, and deny women the right to control their own reproductive systems, I believe more lives will be saved by repealing the second amendment which would arguably make shootings less likely.
A militia is no longer necessary, and the most ambiguous and failed amendment in the Bill of Rights has no reason to exist, with the exception of protecting the bloated profits of those involved in the sale and manufacture of weapons of mass destruction. This is common sense. But, it will never happen in today’s America.
Written by James Turnage
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 21 people were injured in shootings in downtown Milwaukee; Mayor Johnson imposes curfew Saturday night; by Ashley Luthern,
Mary Spicuzza, and Sophie Carson
AP: 10 dead in Buffalo supermarket attack police call hate crime; by Carolyn Thompson, John Wawrow, Michael Balsamo, and Dave Collins
Top and Featured Image by Joshuashearn Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons – Creative Commons License
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