I know there will be readers of this post who disagree with me and, as always, I welcome civil discourse since it is the sharing of ideas that allows us to explore new territory in our thinking.
My story: I used to be an NRA member. I used to own a number of guns, not in attempt to accrue an arsenal but because each one had a specific purpose e.g. small game vs big game hunting. I personally, would be willing to give up any and all guns I owned, if strict firearm regulation were enacted.
News 3 Las Vegas
On February 10th, NBC News reporter Bill Dedman wrote a story titled “Death takes no holiday: Tracking gun violence over one long January weekend” http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/10/16912259-death-takes-no-holiday-tracking-gun-violence-over-one-long-january-weekend?lite
One long weekend and 91 people died as a result of guns. Not a mentally ill person who went on a rampage but accidents, murders and suicides as a direct result of guns – and these were only incidents reported by the media, it didn’t include accounts that weren’t newsworthy. According to this article, the number of gun deaths PER DAY in the United States is 86.
Three people died on the Las Vegas Strip while I was visiting. An argument between two people led to a subsequent shooting near the corner of Flamingo and Las Vegas Blvd. The driver targeted by gunfire was killed and his car careened into a number of vehicles, causing damage and injuries – one of which was a cab which burst into flames, consuming the two people inside.
I still remember the days when, stupid arguments over a girl, a spilled drink, an insult, or a stolen parking space, were resolved by a flip of the finger or a fist fight. Although somewhat juvenile reactions to minor aggravations or insults they were still non-lethal. The availability and accessibility of guns seems to make them the first choice of conflict resolution today; such a permanent and devastating punishment for such minor infractions defies logic, defies common sense, defies civilized society.
I respect the 2nd amendment of the U.S. Constitution but I wish that the Declaration of Independence with its powerful statement that we have the unalienable right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were as important to Americans. I wish the cries for common sense and reasonable regulation was as loud as the cries of grief from those who have lost loved ones to senseless gun deaths.
I wish…I could walk or drive down the street and not worry about the real possibility of getting shot.