Today begins National Gun Violence Awareness Month and thank goodness. All across America, along with here in Kansas City, more locally, we need to be aware of and pay attention to gun violence and the shootings and killings. We need to be aware of it, certainly, but more importantly, we need to do something about it. We shouldn't normalize this. We shouldn't just say or think this is the way it is and the way it must be. No other educated, industrialized nation in the world lives like this. We shouldn't, either.
We need to see, need to know the statistics about guns and shootings and the violence in America and then we need to say "Enough!" and work to put an end to it. Here are just a few local headlines on it all.
And the shootings and killings are all up in America, across the nation.
Then, compare us to the rest of the world when it comes to guns and shootings and killings. It's insane.
We have to recognize that this is no way to live. We have to recognize that America has far, far too many guns.
And what can be done?
Like it or not, agree with it or not, Australia seemed to have led the way on this issue.
Australia data shows gun controls a huge success 20 years after mass shooting
There are some good statistics on guns in America, however. Here's a big one, for me, anyway.
So what do we do? What can we do?
We have to do at least two things and those are, first, let our governmental representatives know we are against the NRA, the National Rifle Association and the weapons manufacturers having their way with our nation and our laws. We have to let them know that they can't sell all weapons, everywhere to everyone at all times. We don't need or want automatic weapons on our streets, made available to anyone and everyone that can buy them and we certainly also don't need or want armor-piercing bullets available on our streets. Neither has a place in a modern society.
Then, second, we must vote. We must vote for sanity in our gun laws. We have to vote for people who are not just blindly behind, again, the NRA and the weapons manufacturers. We can't be "all guns, all the time." That kind of thinking has gotten us more shootings and killings, per capita, than any other of the industrialized nations, far and away.