Guest Opinion: We need more than ‘thoughts and prayers’

Guest Opinion: We need more than 'thoughts and prayers'

“If guns don’t kill people, why do mass killers arm themselves with guns?” — DaShanne Stokes When just one of 7.7 million people who had J&J’s COVID-19 vaccinations died and five others experience a blood clots, those vaccinations were halted across the U.S. and Europe. After only a few non-life-threatening injuries and the tragic death of a small child, the Consumer Product Safety Commission ordered Peloton to recall its Tread Plus treadmill. Yet, on Dec. 14, 2012, when 26 innocent people, including 20 6-year-old and 7-year-old children, were mowed down at Sandy Hook Elementary School by an AR-15 and two handguns with high-capacity magazines, all our elected officials offered were “thoughts and prayers”. A year later, 13 people were slaughtered by gunfire at the Washington Navy Yard. In 2015, one man killed 16 in San Bernardino, CA. Forty-nine Orlando nightclub patrons were massacred in 2016. The Las Vegas shooter mowed down 16 and wounded 411 in October 2017, followed a month later by a shooter who took 26 lives at a Sulphur Springs Texas church. The following year 17 students died when a gunman opened fire at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In 2019, a man with an assault weapon took 22 lives at a Walmart in El Paso. In March, it took less than 60 seconds for a mentally disturbed former employee cut down eight FedEx workers. These are a sampling of the bloodshed brought on by the unregulated proliferation of guns, particularly military-grade weapons whose sole […]

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