Letter: Stop shootings now

My heart goes out to the people who lost loved ones and friends at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, and to those who were injured or had to, and will have to, endure it in any way.

 

My heart also goes out to the rest of the people in this country who no longer can go anywhere, because absolutely nowhere is any longer sacred or safe enough in this country, without having to look over our shoulders constantly for the next lunatic loser narcissist with a beef and no better way of dealing with it than using an insanely high-powered gun in, of all places, a place of worship, or a concert.

The U.S. has a reputation for dragging its feet on things such as climate change, drunken driving and the sale of alcohol and cigarettes to minors, among others, and doing the right thing only when we absolutely have to. We waited until virtually everyone in this country was affected in some way by alcohol before Mothers Against Drunk Driving formed and we, collectively, started to really crack down on drunken driving and the sale of alcohol to minors only as recently as the 1980s.

And now it seems we’re again dragging our feet nationally doing anything to crack down on the sale of military-grade weapons to anyone tall enough to look over a counter, and sometimes not even that rigorously.

We are again, as with alcohol, apparently dragging our feet waiting until absolutely every single U.S. citizen has been affected in some way by mass shootings before we care enough to really allow our lawmakers and law enforcement to tackle this egregious epidemic. We are writing our own national tragedy, sitting on our heels refusing to do anything to deal with nastiest of all problems.

The time for saying “Guns don’t kill anyone; people do” has passed. The time for saying there is nothing we can do about our national gun addiction has passed. Beer never killed anyone by itself, either. People with it in their systems did kill and still do. But we’ve become extremely vigilant the past 40 years in cracking down on those who abuse it — and the incidents of alcohol-related fatalities have dramatically decreased. Our laws force us to buckle up, and fatalities and injuries have dramatically decreased.

We can’t drink and drive because people die. We have to buckle up because people die. We can’t take drugs because people die. But absolutely anyone over 2 feet tall with $50 can buy a gun while the country sits around collectively twiddling its thumbs doing nothing, sweating until the next horrible mass shooting?

Indeed, nothing we do to prevent guns getting in the wrong hands will be perfect. Yet, as with alcohol and seatbelts, all problems can be greatly minimized, and this national gun insanity of ours is in the direst need of being greatly minimized as much as possible, as soon as possible!

After this latest mass shooting, at yet another church, it’s time to at the very least do whatever it takes to prevent irresponsible people from gun ownership. M.A.M.S. (Mothers Against Mass Shootings) and M.A.G. (Mothers Against Guns) can’t form fast enough!

Again, I am so so sorry for those poor people in Texas, having to endure yet another horrific, mass-shooting travesty. I feel so sorry for our entire country, because the vast majority of us feel and suffer tremendously when there is a mass shooting — and from the immense stress of knowing that, until we really start caring and paying attention to guns and who has them, it’s far from being the last.

And we could be next.

Nathan Kirby

Augusta

 

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