Gun Violence, Sandy Hook And Our Children

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Editor:

Over the past two years, more than 6,000 children have been killed by guns. The number jumped by 20 little children last Friday (12/14).

I don’t know how to explain their deaths, or to explain why six heroic teachers and staff members needed to make the ultimate sacrifice for their kids. And I don’t know how any of us explain what happened to our children and our grandchildren.

We have a responsibility to ourselves and to our children to take the steps we can to stop the violence. There may be no foolproof solution, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do better. I understand the role that hunting and guns play in the Rim Country and many communities across our nation. There can be a place for responsible gun ownership in our society.

But no one needs military-grade assault weapons to hunt, and no one needs Rambo-style high capacity magazines to protect their family from intruders.

The facts are simple: 83 Americans die every day from gun violence in America. Eight of those people are children or teenagers. Eight a day, every day — thousands a year, tens of thousands in the last decade.

If eight children were dying every day from a mysterious virus, our country would mobilize to put a stop to it. Gun violence is an epidemic that is taking our children’s lives in our schools, on our streets, and in our neighborhoods.

We must put in place common sense gun laws and enforce those laws. Right now, 40 percent of gun sales are not subject to a federal background check because they are purchased privately at gun shows, online, or person-to-person. Re-authorizing the assault weapons ban is a responsible first step that we can take now. Is it a full solution that will stop all gun violence? No, but it’s a start.

It’s not possible to explain to our children what happened in Sandy Hook, but it is possible to make changes that will help keep them safer. We owe this to all our children.

Larry Brophy

Comments

don evans 1 year, 11 months ago

George Washington's address to the second session of the First U.S. Congress:

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty, teeth and keystone under independence. The church, the plow, the prairie wagon and citizens' firearms are indelibly related. From the hour the pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that, to ensure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. Every corner of this land knows firearms, and more than 99 and 99/100 percent of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil influence. They deserve a place of honor with all that's good. When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour."

For Mr. Brophy and like minded, take their guns incrementaly: Molon labe (ancient greek language) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The words ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ as they are inscribed on the marble of the 1955 Leonidas Monument at Thermopylae.The Ancient Greek phrase μολὼν λαβέ (molṑn labé; reconstructed Ancient Greek pronunciation [mo'lɔːn la'be]; Modern Greek pronunciation [moˈlon laˈve]) means "Come and take them". It is a classical expression of defiance reportedly spoken by King Leonidas I in response to the Persian army's demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae. It is an exemplary use of a laconic phrase.

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Robert Jones 1 year, 11 months ago

Mr. Evans,

Aren't you the same poster who posted the line "Toke up and Belly up" or something to that effect on another thread regarding the thrice citizen passed Medical marijuana act?

You DO know George Washington was a well-known "cultivator" of Marijuana right?? Or do you just "pick and choose" which examples of our Founding Fathers beliefs to hold dear?? Like some folks pick and choose which parts of the Bible or the U.S. Constitution to hold sacred and "literal"................

But then, the hypocrisy of the right-wing is well-known as well by those who actually pay attention to the "words" spewed by the extremists on the right.........

Like the belief that repealing Roe V. Wade will somehow end the "practice" of Abortions, BUT, an assault weapons ban will NOT end the usage of "military-type" weapons as the instrument of choice for whack-jobs bent on mayhem.

Maybe it's just you conveniently "forget" that abortions existed LONG before Roe v. Wade. With the primary difference that many of our young daughters, girlfriends, and yes wives suffered tragic medical consequences directly BECAUSE of the illegality of the procedure.

Laws do NOT change reprehensible behaviour..........education CAN! At least for those willing to BE enlightened. It's time for some folks to "belly up to the bar" of reason, and begin to think critically about tough issues, as opposed to just "parroting" the bigotry of those bent on destroying our country AND its freedoms. Like the TP-ers!!

Jones

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ALLAN SIMS 1 year, 11 months ago

Thanks, Mr. Evans for a great presentation. And, I think that the readers will perk up at the quote from Washington. I will certainly use it with some knuckle-headed folks I know. It is good that you have put this person’s article in perspective, and shown the foolishness of such thinking.

You, however, will not get through to even a few of such people. Notice the statement “Re-authorizing the assault weapons ban is a responsible first step that we can take now. Is it a full solution that will stop all gun violence? No, but it’s a start.”

Meaning, this is the first step to make everyone ‘perfectly safe’, in their overly simplistic view. And, your rights to protect yourself, along with the citizenry’s right to protect itself from the government mean nothing, in the long run.

If this is a start, what is the finish? They are by this as they are about the national debt. It matters not what makes sense, but it is the satisfaction of the emotions of the moment. Their emotions want a ‘liberal’ solution to our problems, which means legislating more and more money. They ignore the crash of “Democratic Socialism” in Europe, while pursuing the same failed policies. Don’t confuse them with the truth, their minds are made up.

They pooh-pooh off the notion of arming teachers and administrators, as nonsense. In their ‘cultured’ minds (Meaning brainwashed) the solution to any problem is another law. It doesn’t matter that we have many times more laws than we need, already.

Their ultimate goal is to strip us of our guns, and then the government can do as it pleases. IMHO, the handwriting is on the wall, as well as here. They have the votes to strip our rights from us, and send the Gestapo knocking our doors in to get the guns we have.

Whereas, we have no advocate (Nor organization) that will stand up for us. We will hunker down in our homes, and will not do much until you start reading about people like us killed resisting what will be the law of the land. The political machine will grind out news stories about the diehards who resist the law, who are painted as perverted dissenters. Of course it will be slow, and the frog continues to set in the simmering water, and can’t jump out.

By that time, they will have infiltrators to rat in any who band together, and take them out before it can go national, or even regional. Then, they will pass another law, outlawing all rifles, claiming that it is more sporting to take game with single-shot shotguns. Finally, all guns are confiscated, and we are at the mercy of the government. What you see now is nothing to what is coming.

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