Admit the problem: Too many guns are available to anyone in the US

Admit the problem: Too many guns are available to anyone in the US

© Getty Images Say their names. Look at their photos. The number of those taken from us by gun violence keeps rising. At first, we’re shocked, then we grow numb to the staggering violence. Now admit the problem. Too many guns are available to anyone in the United States. It’s not about a certain type of gun. It’s not about whether the gun can shoot one bullet or hundreds. It’s not about whether the person shooting the gun has cleared a background check or not. It’s not about the 2nd Amendment. After the politicians send their condolences and statements hoping for action, and the gun lobby reiterates their insensitive and moronic messaging that guns don’t kill, people do, what’s left for those affected by gun violence? What can every single person do to change the culture of everyday gun murders prevalent in America? As a mother of a son murdered in his own home by two men using an illegal gun, I know how lives are forever devastated when gun violence enters your life. No amount of counseling or support group therapies or activism changes that. And now, 12 years after his death, instead of being the only person I knew affected by gun violence, our neighborhoods and communities are killing fields. Our safest places, homes and schools, have become some of the deadliest places in our community, as more than 90 people are killed every day in the United States. We know that our children, our families, our […]

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