Democratic party members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday staged a sit-in, the first of its kind in four decades, demanding Republican leaders to allow votes on measures aimed at preventing suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and expand background checks.
Since the latest mass gun slaying in Orlando, and in many senseless tragedies before, some lawmakers and political leaders have offered thoughts and prayers for the victims and grieving families. But when is enough, enough? Many say, irrespective of their political affiliation, that we have grieved too long and too often for students, co-workers, others killed, and for their bereaved families.
It would seem the issue at hand revolves around a ‘chicken or egg’ argument. Do mass shootings and violent uprisings stem originally from radicalized domestic terrorists, or, would taking military-grade weapons from, at least, those who should never be trusted with them solve the problem anyway?
The time has come to put down the candles and for members of Congress to act like the adults their constituencies expect them to be, reach across the aisle and work together to make our nation safer. Stone-walling by one party and sit-ins by the other are not sensible, mature solutions to what has become a national crisis in America. Let us remember that the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution was enacted in the 18th century, in the day of muzzle-loaded black powder rifles, not semi-automatic and automatic military weaponry intended to quickly kill a lot of people.
What do you, our readers, think about this important issue? Write letters to the editor and let us know how you feel about guns in America. Is enough, enough? Or just let it be, and to quote a statement by NRA leader Wayne LaPierre, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.”
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