With the slaughter of at least 12 people in Washington, DC, it is impossible to say we do not have a gun problem. I'm not talking about solutions, I mean a problem. A problem! Meanwhile, others were killed by guns that day all over the U.S. A problem! America, we have a problem.
Must it be stated yet again that the U.S. has far more gun killings that any Western, industrial nation in the world? A problem!
Must it be stated again that we have an increasing number of mass killings like this in the U.S.? A problem!
Please, don't minimize or deflect that fact that we have a gun problem in the United States. Admit it, we have a problem. Solutions to this problem are for open and frank discussion by Americans in our democratic society. It is impossible to deny the problem. Cause and remedy call for democratic and open discussion, not head-in-the-sand denial of the problem.
If you insist on denying that we have a problem, you are a part of the problem itself.
Wake up, America! Guns are killing us in more ways than one. There is a bent sickness to continue to deny that a gun problem exists in America. Now lets get at an open discussion about cause and solutions. I'm not here to say we should take anybody's gun away. I am here to state simply that we have a gun problem that becomes more obvious every day. Open and free and honest discussion is called for...and the sooner the better.
It should be noted that many people think that simply having a gun inside a school or public building will prevent these tragedies, that the Naval Yard in Washington, D.C. was loaded with people with guns and there were plenty of law enforcement officials close at hand. We have a gun problem and it will not be helped by simplistic solutions that include arming everyone. Almost everyone WAS armed or near a gun at the Naval facility. We have a problem with guns in America.
It should also be noted that people all over America were killed with a gun on that same day, and in most instances there was no evidence of mental problems with the shooter.