June Newsletter: Guns in the US

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By Erin Long

The United States of America


We Have a Gun Problem

And Worse,

We Have a Government Problem

This of course is written with a heavy heart, but fury may be the overwhelming emotion. Fury at the failure of the United States government to protect its citizens. Our leaders have done NOTHING to control guns in our nation. The two mass shootings in two weeks have yet again highlighted our government’s inability to pass gun control legislation that will keep assault rifles out of the hands of its citizens. Our nation lives with the reality that not only disturbed individuals, but untrained individuals have the right to buy and own guns, leaving every citizen vulnerable to gun violence in every public space as well as in their homes. Our leaders cower under the pressure of gun lobbyists who push the idea that our leaders only job is to ensure the protection of the Second Amendment. Leaving no room for discussion about protecting the citizens of the country.

Many of our nation’s leaders show depraved indifference to the pain and suffering of our citizens. The insurmountable grief and loss families endure on a daily basis at the hands of guns is and has been a continual mare on our county. In America, guns are the #1 cause of child and teenage death. There is overwhelming evidence that Americans truly want gun reform that would keep everyone safe.

And yet, what is the current conversation in America? Doors! Mental Health! Police response? Allow me to be frank, it wasn’t doors, mental health or police that shot 10 black people, two teachers and 19 children. The fact that an 18-year white supremacist had a gun and another 18 year old with a dangerous intention to kill had a gun. That’s the problem. Bottom line, two locations in two weeks that could be at peace today if two young men did not have assault rifles.

And yet, politicians are screaming from the hill tops that they are in no way avoiding their responsibility but rather enacting the will of their constituents. How do we reconcile that with the fact that so many people want gun reform? Let’s consider that the NRA spends over 9 million dollars on gun rights lobbying per year. The gun restrictions activists have only around 2 million dollars on their message every year. There is no level playing field here. Guns in America win every time. People lose every day.

With that in mind, let’s consider what individuals can do. Writing to our leaders and supporting the tireless work of gun restriction activists may be a start. These are small steps but if we just sit back and hope, nothing will ever change.

This cannot be understated. Everyone wants to hug and kiss their loved ones goodbye and good night. A gun can take that away from you. Please do something!

What we can do…

  1. Contact your Senators: Contacting US Senators
  2. Contact your state Representatives: Representatives | house.gov

Use this Sample Letter to get started

When writing a letter, consider asking for the ABCs of gun control

A: Assault weapon ban

B: Background Check Improvement

C: Closing the Gun Show Loophole

Who we can consider supporting

Food for thought…

Australia confiscated 650,000 guns. Murders and suicides plummeted. – Vox