If you notice that someone is having a heart attack, would you call 911? If you are walking down the street and notice a building on fire, would you call 911? I think it is safe to say most people would respond and make that call.
The United States has an ongoing crisis that shows no sign of going away. The epidemic of gun violence is the crisis that captured the NEW YORK TIMES and moved it to place an editorial on page 1 for the first time since 1920. Titled, “The Gun Epidemic,” the editorial calls Congress to task stating, “This is a moral outrage and national disgrace that people are legally purchasing weapons designed specifically to kill with brutal speed and efficiency.” The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS takes the republican congress to task for simply “offering their prayers,” instead noting that “God Isn’t Fixing This.” Congress must fix it.
Since January 1, 2015 there have been 353 mass shootings, and that is the “new normal.” Over 30,000 citizens are killed by gun violence in the United States each year. More than 88 people are killed by gun violence each day. There are countless sobering statistics that could be added to this list.
Responsible, common sense gun safety legislation is a must to stop the slaughter. We need legislation to require universal background checks on all gun purchases, a ban on all assault weapons, and a ban on high capacity magazines. In 1994 President Clinton signed two bills creating the bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, but in 2004, President Bush allowed those bans to expire, oh so quietly.
Those investigating Watergate were told, “Follow the Money.” The same applies today with a congress accepting large amounts of money from the National Rifle Association to do their bidding. Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence spoke the harsh truth: “We must not allow morally bankrupt politicians to continue as lapdogs for the NRA.”
We need to make that 911 call to our senators and representatives and demand responsible gun legislation that will save lives. Do it for 7 year-old Daniel Bender of Sandy Hook, 24 year-old Allison Parker of Roanoke, VA and 2 year-old Noah Thomas of Denver and thousands more.
We can and must make a difference.