I pulled my gun out of the safe the other day and put it on the table. I stared at it, but nothing happened. It didn’t move. It just lay there. It didn’t magically rise up and fire. It appeared to know nothing of politics. It never said a word. After a few minutes, I got bored and put it back.
Sadly, what’s happening with mass shootings has become almost a new norm. At first we were worried about Islamic terrorists doing this kind of thing; now we have to worry about teenagers instead. But equally as worrisome is the finger-pointing, who is to blame, and the attempt to make political hay before the bodies of the dead are even laid to rest.
The easy target these days is President Trump. He’s the catch-all for all that’s wrong with everything, including responsibility for the mentally unstable killers. Presidential candidates and politicians display compassion — and I don’t think they’re not compassionate — but to use these horrendous acts for political gain is atrocious.
Let’s tell the truth here. It’s not about gun control; it’s about gaining more control of our lives. It’s another chip being chiseled out of the Constitution, and they will continue to chip away at it forever, even if it’s on the backs of the unstable and insane.
The anti-gun, NRA-hating crowds come out screaming after each mass shooting, touting this is the time, we need to finally do something. But you never hear them screaming and shouting about gun control when on the same weekend the Gilroy, El Paso and Ohio shootings occurred seven people were killed and a whopping 52 wounded in Chicago. One trauma center was so overwhelmed with shootings it had to stop taking patients. That’s just Chicago on one weekend. For the year, so far 278 killed, 1,364 wounded for a staggering total of 1,642 shot in one city.
Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country: You must be 21 to purchase a gun; state requires gun owners obtain licenses and face background checks. Judges take away guns from those they believe are a threat to themselves and others. And now they’re trying to pass legislation to begin a fingerprinting database to all gun owners in the state. But like all those espousing something needs to be done, they’re targeting the wrong people. The criminals couldn’t care less about gun laws; they buy their weapons off the street or steal them. You think a gang-banger, a stoned nut case or just some guy you looked at funny even cares or knows what the laws are? In a fit of rage and stupidity, they just shoot.
Baltimore hit its 200th homicide by the first week of August. Los Angeles had 131 murders in the first six months of this year, even though California too has perhaps the strictest gun laws of all. Memphis, St. Louis and on and on. Thousands are killed. I say it again, thousands are killed!
Where is the outcry, the reporting, the statement of facts about this ugly underbelly of our country? Is it because these places don’t fit the narrative of the media and those the media support? Are they protecting their political backs at the expense of all those murdered? Should that make any difference?
My gun doesn’t know any different. The dead don’t know any different. Why, when so many lives are lost every single day, don’t the political whores don’t shout every Monday morning about all those who were slaughtered in our inner cities over these bloody weekends?
And now there’s a new a twist. South American countries, run by drug cartels, are warning their citizens to not travel to the U.S. because we’re too dangerous. But you don’t see them warning the streams of humanity risking their lives clamoring to get here. Maybe U.S. citizens can now go to those countries and claim asylum.
The top 10 most dangerous cities in the U.S. are Detroit, Oakland, St. Louis, Memphis, Stockton,
Birmingham, Baltimore (yes, Baltimore), Cleveland, Atlanta and Milwaukee. And what do these 10 most dangerous cities have in common? You guessed it: They are all run by Democrats. Should that play a role or be considered, regarding all the murders in these cities? Darn straight it should. These are the very same people touting for gun control, blaming Mr. Trump for all their ills and can’t fix what’s broke in their own backyards.
These 10 cities alone account for thousands of murders, and the body count continues to rise nearly every day. Should something be done to try and stop the kids committing these heinous shootings? Most definitely. What exactly can be done to accomplish that? We all know: practically nothing. This country has over 300 million people. To weed out that needle in this haystack of humanity relies on family and friends.
If you start targeting people as probable shooters, the ACLU will step in because we’re violating their civil rights. And if you ban all gun sales, the first thing that will happen is every gun available will be purchased before any law is enacted, only to be added to the already 300 million out there.
The cry of gun control is political hot air. The better answer is to get America back on track trying to keep families strong, disciplining kids, giving schools their power back, returning respect to law enforcement, and arresting people for crimes, putting them in jail and keeping them there.
Quit trying to make excuses for everyone. We are witnessing the results.