common sense gun laws
When enough people use the ballot box to threaten the careers of politicians who refuse to act, change will come.
If you are planning to attend this week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, please be sure to leave your tennis balls at home. But if you want to bring your fully loaded AR-15 assault rifle, please, feel free.
Change begins from within the home, and this country is our home. We must set a precedent.
We, as a nation, think all kind of common-sense laws governing gun ownership are already law. We resist new gun laws because we collectively believe existing gun laws already lean hard on the 2nd Amendment and we are wary of trampling our constitutional rights. Only, most of those laws don't exist.
As the president declared his Executive Orders for gun control, I was drawn to the woman immediately behind him to the left: Lucia McBath, the mother of a son, Jordan, who was violently killed at age 17 from gun violence in Jacksonville, Florida.
It's shameful that when child and teen gun deaths are compared in 23 high-income countries, 87 percent of all children under 15 killed by guns were in the United States. Our gun homicide rate for teens and young adults 15-24 years old was 42.7 times higher than the rate for the other countries combined. There are an estimated 283 million guns in civilian hands in America -- almost one gun per person. Why is the United States alone in allowing this unbridled epidemic of guns and public health hazard all over America to continue? As parents and grandparents and concerned adults and voters, it is up to us to tell our leaders no more.
Police continue to investigate how a 6-year-old armed himself, but here's something that's already clear. Guns are so easy to get, they can end up in the hands of a 6-year-old, turning the confines of an elementary school into a zone of discord.