Gun violence not ‘a Red or Blue issue’
The unimaginable has become common. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 342 people are shot in America. Of those, an average of 39 children and teens are shot and survive, while eight do not. Of those eight, approximately four meet their early end by murder. I would watch the news reportage regarding the latest horror, numb with outrage and impotent frustration as time and again our elected leaders abdicated all responsibility for action beyond their thoughtful offerings of prayers for those affected.
The numerous voices calling for implementation of common sense gun control measures seem ever overpowered by the full-throated roar of the gun lobby. Thankfully, while it may not seem like it, momentum toward more thoughtful and effective legislation is growing on all sides of the political spectrum. As a mother to two school aged children, this issue has always transcended party affiliation for me. We all have an interest in safeguarding America’s children and we all have a role. I implore everyone to become familiar with the issue of gun violence in America, educate yourselves and everyone in your circles about the proposed remedies and the data that may support or repudiate them.
Did you know that according to data compiled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; “corrupt or irresponsible gun dealers are THE leading source of guns on the black market?” Did you know that although comprehensive background checks have proven effective at reducing the number of gun crimes in a given area, unlicensed gun sellers are still exempted from the Gun Control Act of 1968 that mandates all Federally Licensed gun sellers perform background checks before completing the sale of a firearm?
The mid-term elections approaching in November are absolutely critical. Expand your knowledge base about this vital issue and join me, and millions of other Americans who realize that gun violence is not a Red or Blue issue, but an American one. Let us all cast our votes carefully and elect leaders that will reflect the overwhelming will of the people and enact common sense, research based, lifesaving gun laws and in so doing, help make America greater than it has ever been.