Insanity and the Second Amendment

Insanity and the Second Amendment

All writers in Op Ed are here to inform and acknowledge issues of importance to our communities, however these writings represent the views and opinions of the authors and not necessarily of The Advertiser. All the tragic details of the mass shooting at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis last week are not yet known, but the numbers are: eight people shot and killed, and several others were wounded. Across the nation, people like you and me are offering up their heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the victims and for their families. Again. According to “Everytown for Gun Safety,” the FedEx shootings constitute at least the 251 st mass shooting since January 2009, and that does not count the average of 100 people who are killed with guns every day, and 230 who are wounded – 365 days a year, every year. Our national response has been predictable. Many on the more liberal side of politics are calling for increased restrictions on the ability to purchase a firearm, especially handguns and so-called assault rifles whose design purpose is not to hunt wildlife but rather to kill other people. And many on the more conservative side are opposing such restrictions, vowing to “Save the Second Amendment” as if it were a living being like those 100 people who will be killed by guns today. Beyond thoughts and prayers, little has been done to prevent mass shootings this year, shootings in Boulder, Colorado; Baltimore County, Maryland; Orange, California; Allen, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; […]

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