More column inches are probably used in our newspapers on violence than any other topic. In my view, that normalizes the topic and deadens what should be a strong reaction from readers.
Instead of demonstrating against the police and demanding budget cuts — both of which play into the hands of attention seeking mass murderers — we should be asking, “How do we stop this craziness.”
Clearly the NRA’s mantra of “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” is utter nonsense designed to sell more guns. Gun sales were up 40 million in the U.S. last year. Mass shootings increased by 50% to a record high.
Laws are regularly changed all over the world as society changes. Slavery has officially been banned in almost every country — including the U.S. Women have the vote almost everywhere — including the U.S. Child education has been mandatory since 1948. The death penalty has been removed almost everywhere — including most of the U.S. Why not our gun laws? In the last few years, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the U.K. all banned private ownership of guns in reaction to mass shootings — with the exception of shooting ranges and shotguns for farmers. Homicides plummeted.
We need some politicians brave enough to propose laws that would be for the common good — not just follow their party lines like sheep. Let’s catch up to the rest of the world and ban private ownership of guns outside regulated shooting ranges. As an added benefit, it’s highly likely that would also lead to hiring a less violent police force.
Frank Fish, Taylorsville