The Senate has voted and, to no one’s surprise, rejected any new gun control legislation. Might as well, because what was proposed (universal background checks) would have not changed anything regarding gun killings. As Sen. Lindsay Graham so vehemently pointed out, when he badgered a police chief in a congressional hearing, background check violations are not followed up by the police. In short, guns will remain America’s curse.
I heard all the stupid, callous and paranoid arguments from gun supporters, but nothing made it more clear to me why we have no chance of eliminating gun violence than the statement from an Arkansas senator saying “ I don’t listen to the mayor of New York, I listen to the people of Arkansas.”
Let me paraphrase what the people of Arkansas are saying: “you want me to give up my guns, so innocent people in New York, Chicago, Detroit, etc, can live? You must be out of your mind.”
Add to that the fact that a senator from a state with the population of 500,000 (Wyoming) has as much power as a senator from a state with 38 million and you realize it’s not the majority that decides where this country is going. We have become a totally narcissistic nation and are totally unwilling to make sacrifices for the better good of the country.
No one should have any illusions what the consequences will be. This was just pointed out at a talk show this morning. Steve Forbes immediately pointed out that this is the President’s fault. This coming from a member of a party that stated from the beginning of President’s Obama term that their only goal is to make sure that his presidency will fail. How ironic.
The Boston terror attack cost three lives and the whole country is on high alert. Just to put it in perspective: Three people get killed by guns every hour, every day, around the clock. I know the gun supporters don’t want to hear this, but the truth is, if you’re actively involved in preventing serious gun controls, you have blood on your hands.
The writer lives in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.