Before you get too upset with me for the title of this thread, realize that I have actually served my country and volunteered to give my life for it. To my mind that gives me the right to have an opinion as to how it should be run.
That said, America is completely insane. Why are we completely insane? Because we allow 30,000 of our own citizens to be slaughtered by firearms every year.
Oh, I'm sure you're going to bring out all the standard arguments: only criminals will have guns! How can I defend myself? It's a God-given right! Yes, and even "It's in the Constitution!"
Well, the founding fathers never expected things such as human cloning, stem cell research, space-borne lasers, atomic weapons, or gay marriage. That's why the Constitution is a living document... it was made to be changed from the day it was written.
The carnage never stops here in United States. It just goes on and on. When are we ever going to do something about this?
There have been 60 mass shootings in the United States since the January 8, 2011 massacre in Tucson, Arizona. Below are three from recent weeks.
- Chicago, IL: Four youngsters were among the latest victims caught in Chicago’s gun violence epidemic, including two middle school-aged girls who were wounded in a neighborhood park on the Far South Side.
- Dover, DE: At a weekend soccer tournament in Delaware, three people died and two were wounded. The dead included the tournament organizer, a 16-year-old boy participating in the tournament and one of three suspects alleged to have initiated the deadly violence Sunday afternoon at a park near downtown Wilmington.
- Seattle, WA: 40-year-old Ian Stawicki entered a Seattle cafe on Wednesday and opened fire, killing four people. He then left Cafe Racer, killing another person during a carjacking before taking his own life.
You want more? Okay. Take a look at this list... it just goes on and on.
Tuscaloosa, AL - July 17, 2012
Chicago, IL - July 11, 2012
Dover, DE - July 9, 2012
Chicago, IL - July 6, 2012
Seattle, WA - July 02, 2012
Chicago, IL - July 1, 2012
Omaha, NE - 06/26/2012
Houston, TX - 06/20/2012
Auburn, AL - 06/09/2012
Oklahoma City, OK - 21/05/2012
Chicago, IL - 26-29/05/2012
Seattle, WA - 05/30/2012
Gilbert, AZ - 05/01/2012
Oakland, CA - 04/02/2012
North Miami, FL - 03/30/2012
Waller, TX - 03/20/2012
Pittsburgh, PA - 3/8/2012
Tempe, AZ - 3/3/2012
Chardon,OH - 2/27/2012
Jackson, TN - 2/26/2012
Norcross, GA - 2/21/2012
Philadelphia, PA - 1/10/2012
I know that I'm not going to win some kind of war on guns in America. As I said before... we're all completely insane. But we have to take action against things like assault weapons. Rifles that were meant for warfare. They're nothing more than people killers! You can't possibly use them for anything but killing people!
Here's another serious problem. The killer in Colorado had a 100 shot magazine. That's great! Now you can shoot 100 people without reloading. Who in their right mind would think this is a good idea?!
Look. I understand this is going to raise some serious emotion with a lot of our members. But you have to agree with my side because you understand what's at stake.
Think about this, you already agree that normal citizen should not have hand grandees. Why? Because you understand that there have to be limits to what people can own in the way of weapons for the safety of all the other people!
Should people be allowed to own grenade launchers? Rocket launchers? Tactical nuclear weapons? Of course not! There are limits... we all understand that. our problem is that we have forgotten where that line lies.
Forget all that chest pounding, hair pulling,"It's my constitutional right "stuff you're about to give me.
Your right to own weapons ends where my right not be shot while watching a movie with my granddaughters begins.
You can't yell "fire" in a crowded theater...and you can't shoot it up with a 100-shot AK-17 either.