It is time to stop a violent gun crimes in America
When a man with a rifle walks onto a baseball field and shoots at members of Congress, their staff, and others, it is time for us to take notice and act saying, "enough is enough."
Regardless of whether the motivations of this congressional shooter, this is another senseless shooting involving the use of guns as a tool for violence.
The political motto that "guns don't kill people, people do" must be trashed. It is time to recognize that people and guns kill. Most important, it is time to recognize that we need to do something about it.
Gun violence is doing too much damage to Americans. Gun violence in America exceeds the violence committed by terrorism in our country. The number of gun deaths in America is striking-33,000 in 2016. People are dying while we are sitting on the sidelines.
When considering gun violence, it is important to understand the scope of harm resulting from guns.
“Using numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we found that from 2001 to 2014, 440,095 people died by firearms on US soil…This data covered all manners of death, including homicide, accident and suicide.
According to the US State Department, the number of US citizens killed overseas as a result of incidents of terrorism from 2001 to 2014 was 369.” CNN
These are real, and sobering figures.
Now, gun violence is impacting members of Congress, personally.
When are we, as a society, going to draw the line in the sand and say enough is enough. When are we going to take a meaningful, bipartisan, and global approach to ending gun violence?
We propose that the time is now. We hope that members of Congress wake up to the gun violence issues in America, particularly now that gun violence is hitting them “close to home.”
As we were getting ready to post this article, breaking news came over CBS that there was a shooting at a UPS facility. Apparently, a UPS employee took a firearm and caused another incident of fear, harm, and disruption in what appears to be a work place shooting.
With all this sad news, isn't it time to act in meaningful ways?