Jack Bernard: In NC and the U.S., thoughts and prayers not enough to stop gun violence

Jack Bernard: In NC and the U.S., thoughts and prayers not enough to stop gun violence

“Keep the victims… in your thoughts and prayers” — U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis after the Parkland massacre in 2018 “The only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’ every time…and wonder why these things keep happening.” — mass murderer Ian David Long Since 2013, 4,180 North Carolina residents have perished from gun violence, including 255 last year. Another 8,202 have been injured, some seriously. Nearly 300 of those killed were minors, as were nearly 700 of those injured. Clearly, North Carolina has a problem. We have also had a recent flood of mass shootings in other states. But that is nothing new. In 2018, Long posted the above on Facebook and Instagram. It was just before he walked into a college hang-out bar in a white, California, middle class neighborhood near where my brother lives and shot 12 people to death, mostly students. Long used a semi-automatic pistol with high-capacity magazines, plus a smoke bomb. He was known to be mentally ill, as even he acknowledged. But the ex-Marine still legally purchased guns and was able to illegally obtain high-capacity magazines. More: Column: North Carolina must end child marriage; it is never in a ‘minor’s best interest’ The Second Amendment to the Constitution is poorly written and reads as follows: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (Emphasis added.) The United States government, all branches, […]

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