I keep reading letters to the editor, one after the other exclaiming how absolute the Second Amendment to our Constitution is. We have a gun violence problem in our country — even the NRA admits that! The latest statistics show that over 30,000 people die each year from gunshots; with many more surviving a gunshot, but at a cost of millions of dollars in health care costs.
What is causing this violence? The problem is, nobody knows because the causes aren’t being studied thoroughly. The NRA in 1996, via its lobbying of our Congress, has had laws passed that prevent government agencies from researching the public health effects of gun violence (Google the following: “CDC prohibited from gun research”).
President Obama recently changed that with one of his 23 executive orders. The only problem is that Congress must now fund those studies and that is not likely to happen because of NRA influence. The NRA says the problem is “bad people with guns,” but they are against closing the gun show and personal sales loopholes that lets anybody (this includes all bad guys) buy a gun without a background check.
If we can’t study gun violence to try to find a solution to it and we let everybody continue to buy guns, even psychologically unstable people and people currently prohibited by existing laws (felons), then the only logical conclusion that can be drawn is that the NRA, its ardent supporters, and Congress thinks that Second Amendment rights are so sacred and unalterable that they are willing to sacrifice 30,000 of our fellow citizens’ lives every year! Forever!
Is this really who we want to be?