With the ongoing slaughter of our children, with the latest massacre occurring in Florida, there is no other topic possible for this month’s column except how to seriously discuss all options to end these horrific murders. We will talk about what we’ve tried so far, what other countries with a similar problem have tried, and what we might try here in the USA.
America has a long history of guns, and from the frontiers of Kentucky to the Wild West, guns have provided food and security to many of us. But even in our Western movies, Sheriff Matt Dillon (of Gunsmoke fame) knew to ask the cowboys coming in for Saturday night fun to check their guns first at the jail. He knew there
In any culture, there will always be a few people “messed up” on teenage angst (school shootings), anger (
So how do we stop these people from slaughtering the rest of us?? What we are doing now, i.e. the status quo, clearly is not working. Should we place armed guards at every school? The Florida school had at least one armed,
Again, so how do we stop these people from slaughtering the rest of us?? The status quo is not working, and the chump change offering of raising the age to buy an assault gun from 18 to 21, or increased mental health programs, or changing video games, is not going to change anything. And I REFUSE to accept this status quo, this endless and ongoing slaughter of our kids, family, and friends.
To change, we must all make a serious effort to talk about answers. We must consider all options, discuss all possibilities, learn what has worked and what hasn’t, and come to our own solutions. But we must be SERIOUSLY COMMITTED to solving this problem, and not just pushing around the table old platitudes that do nothing. Or the slaughter continues.
What are possible solutions? Other countries have faced somewhat similar problems and come up with solutions. We should study and consider all of those. I visited a pro-gun cousin in Norway last summer who leads hunting expeditions for a living. Norway requires gun locks, gun safe storage, reasonable amounts of ammo, and yearly inspections. He has no problem with these reasonable “gun control” laws and appreciates that something as dangerous as a gun is safely regulated. Australia had a gun buyback program, etc, after a horrible shooting event, and it seems to have worked well. Switzerland has a required armed citizenry, but very low murder rate. What are they doing that we are not?
What could we do now to help? Laws that allow taking
When I was a kid, the NRA was a hunter-safety organization, everyone took their 2-weekend class to get a hunting license. But now it is a PAC, funneling money to legislators to buy their blood-soaked votes. It is so powerful, and so entrenched in the
To recap, America has a long, complicated history with guns, and opinions are strongly held. But the horror of the slaughter of our children, families, and friends may have finally reached a critical point, and public opinions are changing. I am especially encouraged by Moms who are finally fed up with the murders of their children and are forming groups to change this. Remember that it was Mothers tired of their kids dying in drunk driving accidents that caused Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to form up, and they were very effective in changing public opinions and laws about drunk driving. There are similar groups forming now, Google them, but the local action is with “central coast moms demand action” (on Facebook) who are joining with the Women’s March San Luis Obispo (on FB) for a giant march and rally March 24 in SLO to protest gun deaths. Be there, care about all our kids, put aside your personal agendas and join with others to save our kids. Really, it’s just that simple.