This morning 26 people, including 18 children, were killed at an elementary school in Connecticut. The details are still coming out. We don’t yet fully know who the shooter is, the extent of everyones injuries, or the reason for the attack. Apparently a 20-something male equipped with a Glock and a Sig Sauer (hand guns) got off around 100 rounds in a classroom before either taking his life or being taken out by police. More details will come out as time goes on.
School shootings and other random senseless acts of violence have been occurring more frequently in the last couple months. Off the top of my head I can think of the Trayvon Martin, the Batman movie premier, the Kansas City Chiefs player who shot his wife 9 times before killing himself, the Virginia Tech shooter, and the high school student in Ohio who killed some of his classmates with a semi-automatic weapon. For a timeline of massive shootings see the link below:
White House spokesmen Jay Carney has said “while today is not the day to debate gun policy, an assault weapons ban “does remain a commitment” of President Obama.”
Here is my question. When can we debate gun policy and why not today? It seems like every time there is major gun violence in this country people say now is not the time to discuss it. It has been deemed insensitive. How many school shootings and senseless acts of violence is it going to take before we start really talking about more gun control? It needs to happen now.
Trayvon Martin was killed by a self appointmented neighborhood watchman patrolling the streets with guns, James Holmes walked into a movie theatre with a AR-15 military-style semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and a Glock pistol, and shot 70 people. In the previous weeks he had ordered 6,000 rounds of ammunition and multiple magazines over the internet, including a 100-round drum magazine for the rifle. Jovan Belcher shot the mother of his 3 month old child and killed himself. He was 25. The list goes on and on.
Gun control is a serious issue in this country. Always has been. Its a tough subject to broach because there are so many Americans who cling to their right to own. Guns have been a way of life for a long time and many people feel that their right to own one is fundamental. It is has become so engrained in our society that we have created a “culture of guns” in this country and within this culture we have made it too easy to attain them.
Something needs to be done in this country so that 24 year olds can’t order 6,000 rounds of ammunition, non-police officers can’t roam the streets locked and loaded, and 20 somethings can’t wander into elementary schools and shoot 26 people. We should be talking about gun laws in this country and how we can make it safer. Its not politics to do so. We owe it to families and the victims of these crimes.