Thursday, December 3, 2015

The solution to gun violence is probably not what you think

As a survivor of gun violence (and now a sufferer of acute PTSD) my mind goes from mass shooting to mass shooting. I head for the Xanax. The worst for me was Sandy Hook. I had this image in my head of the size of the exit wound in proportion to a diminutive six-year-old. I had spasms of uncontrollable sobbing.

Each time we hear the same crap from politicians. The simple fact is that there is no way whatsoever of getting any meaningful legislation through the Republican controlled Congress. GOPers have a symbiotic relationship with the NRA. In a week or so the mass murder in San Bernardino will be forgotten.

If Sandy Hook didn't do it — nothing will!

So the simple solution to gun violence; the path to sane, rational gun laws is to get out and vote. Get everyone we know to get out and vote. Get everyone we know (jumping through the various GOP-constructed hoops) registered to vote. It should be obvious that Republicans are terrified of the electorate. The purpose of various voter ID laws and other obstacles is to suppress the vote.

If we want sane, rational gun laws then we need sane, rational legislators. It is my considered opinion that the sane, rational voters needed to change Congress far outweigh the irrational gun fetishists.

A few weeks ago I received a personal letter from President Obama. He expressed his and his wife's frustration and pain. Since then there have been two more mass shootings, 17 more deaths on the butcher's bills. But mass shootings don't tell the full story.
Every day, on average, 89 people die from gun violence:
  • 31 are murdered
  • 55 kill themselves
  • 2 are killed unintentionally
  • 1 is killed by police intervention
  • 1 intent unknown.

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