Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Horror in Uvalde

Following the murder of 19 children in Uvalde yesterday, I can’t help but wonder how many tragedies could have been avoided since Columbine by taking stronger actions against those who oppose reasonable restrictions on firearms. 

Specifically, I am thinking about politicians who toe the NRA line and gun manufacturer executives, those who establish the regulatory frameworks and those who produce the weapons, respectively. 

It has been my experience that such people are largely driven by greed (campaign contributions, revenues) and fear (of losing an election, of declining sales).

They are afraid of their “base,” but what if they started to fear those who want an end to such violence even more? What if, after such shootings, politicians who do the bidding of the radical gun lobby, and thus are culpable for letting such events happen face arrest (citizen’s or otherwise)? The same applies for weapons manufacturers. Would detention lead to reflection? Do they possess consciences? These are salient questions but let’s see what happens. 

To quote the Constitution so hypocritically cited by them, how is protecting the gun lobby and the murderers who use those weapons doing anything to “form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity?” No more empty “thoughts and prayers.” It is time for action. 

In solidarity.

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