Enough; America’s Gun Epidemic
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America’s Gun Epidemic; Enough is enough!
Attention Senator Joe Donnelly:
A comprehensive look at gun laws; Gun violence and mass shootings are a rising epidemic in America killing America’s innocent children and people day after day, year after year. Children are being sent to school only to be gunned down, crying for their mother as they lay dying on their school floor. Remember when Columbine was shocking? Remember the twenty first graders who were massacerd at school? In 2018 alone, 17 schools have been involved in tragic shootings. That is 1 school shooting every three days. Mass shootings may pale in comparison to the astronomical level of gun related deaths in povershed, poorly educated communities, but the solution is the same. It’s America’s gun laws, or lack of. It’s the reckless totality of firearms in this country. Lack of serious implantation, statistical analysis, education and acknowledging the blantently obvious. So what’s next? I say, not my child. Enough is enough.
Congress needs to take stricter action on U.S. gun laws and seriously re-evaluate influences regarding the NRA’s involvement and all barriers held with the 2nd amendment. Serious analysis and gun related death statistics needs to be considered and evaluated and made a forefront priority. Public education on gun violence and gun safety is needed. Stricter regulations to include cohesive, tightened Nation-wide criminal history and back-ground checks, mental health evaluations and screenings, number and ammunition limitations, various gun-safety precautions and regulations including selling, licensing, and registration components. Implementing the ban of online firearm and ammunition related sales and websites including AR-related internet research sites. Implement a buy back program and gun safety education laws; 1.7 Million American Children live in homes with loaded and unlocked firearms. Enough!!!
An optional nation-wide buy back program to target low-income communities with Higher Gun related violence IS necessary.
“Over 33,000 Americans die to gunfire each year, and Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed by a gun than people in other developed nations.”
America isn’t more violent, it’s more lethally violent. The gun death rate isn’t related to mental illness, it’s related to the abundance of guns. In the database of mass shooters analysis by a Columbia university psychiatrist, only 52 out of the 235 killers in the database (22%) had mental illnesses. Americans make up less than 5 percent of the world’s population yet own roughly 42 percent of all the world’s privately held firearms. The pure number of guns accompanied by inadequate restrictions is undoubtably a direct correlation to the amount of gun related deaths in America. Whether or not that’s a “people” or “values” problem is irrelevant. You can kill a lot more people with Guns than knives. Less guns equals less deaths, period. Enough is enough. http://lawcenter.giffords.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/gunsafety-and-publichealth.pdf
Gun restrictions work; “In 1996 a man killed 35 people in an Australian cafe. Australian lawmakers banned certain types of firearms, such as automatic and semiautomatic rifles and shotguns, and more restrictions. The government confiscated 650,000 of these guns through a gun buyback program. It established a registry of all guns owned in the country and required a permit for all new firearm purchases. Australia’s firearm homicide rate dropped by 42% and its suicide rate fell 57% after new legislation. Firearm deaths in states with higher buyback rates per capita fell proportionately more than in states with lower buyback rates.”
BUT, we need nationwide restrictions; “Chicago requires a Firearm Owners Identification card, a background check, a three-day waiting period, and documentation for all firearm sales. But Indiana doesn’t require any of this for purchases between two private individuals (including those at gun shows and those who meet through the internet), allowing even someone with a criminal record to buy a firearm without passing a background check or submitting paperwork recording the sale.. Someone from chicago drives to Indiana and buys a gun with no hurdles, Then resell or give guns to others in Chicago or keep them, leaving no paper trail behind. According to a 2014 report from the Chicago Police Department, nearly 60 percent of the guns in crime scenes that were recovered came from outside the state. About 19 percent came from Indiana.” -Reference; https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/2015/10/3/9444417/gun-violence-united-states-america
The 2nd amendment needs re-evaluated by the public for it’s original (and outdated) primary intent; military use. Our right to Bear Arms equates less to saving and more to killing the innocent; “According to the F.B.I., in 2015 private citizens with guns committed 268 "justifiable homicides" to defend themselves from someone they perceived as dangerous to them. But during that same year, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that 489 Americans died from "unintentional firearms deaths," many of whom were children. And it has long been known that guns in the home are far more likely to kill those who live in the home – whether from suicide, domestic violence, or accident – than they are to kill or disable any home invader.” Facts are facts, and enough is enough.
Private gun ownership isn’t the answer many think it is; “The only realistic means of warding off dictatorship in this country is to support and vote for politicians who are prone to keeping the rule of law and constitutional principles such as the freedom of speech and press, separation of powers, due process of law, and protection of the public – and to hold them accountable if they don’t. If we cannot exercise our civic responsibility to safeguard that, then no amount of private gun ownership will help us.” -Reference; https://www.usnews.com/opinion/policy-dose/articles/2018-02-21/after-florida-school-shooting-look-to-the-root-causes-of-gun-violence?context=amp
Attention Senator Joe Donnelly:
Enough is enough.
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