When will America finally get serious about gun control?

Toula Foscolos
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Newtown, Connecticut shooting

The minute I heard the devastating news about the Newtown, Connecticut elementary shooting that left 6 adults and 20 children dead my heart sank. Only days away from Christmas, I had no words to describe how grief-stricken I felt for these parents who left their children at school one morning, only to have to identify their tiny bodies at a morgue later on that afternoon. I kept thinking of the unopened Christmas presents under the trees, in homes that would contain no laughter this year.

Toula Foscolos

At what point is the United States going to take a good hard look at itself and start talking about responsible gun control? Aren’t six mass murders this year alone enough to make people sit down and question their deeply-held beliefs on this issue?

I’m done with the excuses and the validations of these lax gun laws. I’m sick and tired of hearing about how the NRA has Congress and state legislators by the balls. I’m all out of patience with people who insist on telling me that it’s a societal issue, and that we need better mental health providers, and better labour laws that will prevent people from feeling used and abused and out for revenge at any cost.

I’m unable to stomach one more American friend tell me that law-abiding citizens need guns to protect themselves from the criminals with easy access to guns (the guns that your laws make so easy to gain access to in the first place) and that legislating them will do nothing to prevent tragedies like these.

No one is arguing that we shouldn’t be fighting to provide better health care and expanded social safety nets that will identify and help people with mental illness. But when will people realize that there’s a direct (and very clear) correlation between lax gun laws and the number of devastating shootings that take place each year? When will they admit that there’s something insanely crazy and morally disconcerting about a world that would make it so easy for me to get a gun online and yet prevents me from purchasing Nyquil at a pharmacy without ID or boarding a plane with nail clippers?

I’m tired of hearing of the incidents of someone successfully defending his home against violent burglars with a gun, when they are always solidly eclipsed by the number of tragic accidents where children are killed by an improperly stored (and fully loaded) weapon, usually sitting around someone’s home like it’s a harmless toy.

I’m sorry, pro-gun lobbyists, but no one is entitled to the right to LEGALLY own a .223 calibre rifle. Who decided this was a right? Who can justify needing a semi-automatic weapon that can fire several rounds of ammunition? Short of an alien invasion or a war zone, why would I need one?

No one is debating the need for better mental health and a better safety net that allows for people with mental illness to be identified and helped, but that debate has nothing to do with addressing lax gun laws.

America has no more mental illness and violent tendencies than the rest of the world. What it has are more guns. Easily accessible guns. Draw your own conclusions.

America has no more mental illness and violent tendencies than the rest of the world. What it has are more guns. Easily accessible guns. Draw your own conclusions.

As a very intelligent friend of mine observed: “Logic dictates that what triggers such violence is a separate issue from the ability to get your hands on firearms. A deranged knife-wielder is a lot less dangerous than a paranoid person with a gun arsenal.”

I’m fed up with the NRA pundits telling those calling for stricter gun legislation that they are using the deaths of innocent victims as political capital. It’s not politicizing to want to address this malaise, this scurvy that is wreaking havoc on innocent people.

I’m sick and tired of pro-gun lobbyists using a piece of legislation written in 1791 as justification for a right that in today’s world should be reassessed and questioned. Let's face it, when the Second Amendment "to keep and bear arms" was written, it referred to black-powder rifles, not Glock pistols and automatic weapons that can gun down 27people in record time!

I’m tired of people using the laughable 'guns don’t kill people, people kill people' line, as if a knife or a baseball bat or a revolver could do the same mortal damage as the arsenal of weapons your average American has legal access to these days.  I’m just plain tired of turning on the news and hearing about more innocent lives being destroyed because politicians don’t have the will or the strength to fight for what’s right. I'm tired of the White House offering condolences, instead of taking action.

Debate this all you want, but at the end of the day, one thing is certain: the unfettered availability of guns in the States definitely made today’s mass murder more than just a sick wish in a sick person's mind. It enabled him to easily act it out.

You want to honour these children and pay respect to their memory? Do something! My American friends, sign the petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/immediately-address-issue-gun-control-through-introduction-legislation-congress/2tgcXzQC

 

Organizations: NRA

Geographic location: United States, Newtown, Connecticut

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  • jamie christensen
    December 15, 2012 - 00:57

    Mr. President...your tears mean nothing. Your action does!!

  • Jay Jay
    December 14, 2012 - 17:33

    While you have great passion you are so wrong on so many levels!!

  • Wade Perkins
    December 14, 2012 - 16:20

    Let me tell you what I'M tired of: -I'm tired of idiots who know absolutely nothing about guns frothing out the mouth screaming for more gun control -I'm tired of people blaming guns when children find them and play with them. Obviously, that is a parenting problem and not a gun problem. My parents explained me to that guns were not toys and kept them locked up in a safe. -I'm tired of people telling me that I can't own a rifle that shoots .223 rounds. My dad bought me a bolt-action rifle that shot .223 rounds when I was 12 years old and I killed my first deer with it. I'm also tired of people referring to ".223" as if it's some sort of gun. A .223 is a bullet. I also own a bolt-action rifle that shoots .270 rounds and a bolt-action rifle that shoots 30.06 rounds. Keep your grubby hands off my hunting rifles. -I'm tired of people wanting to ban "semi-automatic" weapons when they have no clue what "semi-automatic" means. My duck hunting shotgun and my Glock that I carry to protect myself from these deranged people that want to shoot me are semi-automatics. -I'm tired of people using the black-powder rifle argument. When the Founders wrote the Constitution, "press" meant newspapers. "Religion" didn't include Mormonism, Scientology, or other religions developed after 1791. "Speech" meant spoken words. So should we allow government to abridge the freedom of speech when it comes to radio, tv, and the internet?

    • Josh
      February 15, 2013 - 05:50

      Wade, You have absolutely no need to wield a rifle, nor does anyone need to own an assault rifle. I mean sure pistols are OK because they can't blow someone's head off. unless its a (.44, 357 or .50) I am trying to make you understand that the entire world laughs at America because of these *YOU* "YOU CAN'T TAKE MY GUNS AWAY, IT INFRINGES MY FREEDOM" people. One day you will have them removed from you wither you like it or not. I hope it happens soon because you really need to wake up and understand the pain of having someone walk into an school (Connecticut is an amazing example of this) and slaughter people with YOUR guns because YOU need to protect yourself from absolutely no one.