2013-05-24 / Columnists

It’s My Turn

Congress Ignores Gun Violence
By Jazzmin Holly

The 2nd Amendment gives us all the right to bear arms, but it’s become increasingly obvious that this power is being severely abused. The recent shootings of Connecticut, Sandy Hook, and Newtown are evidence of that. The families of these victims have gone through a tremendous amount of hurt and pain for the last few months, having had their loved ones snatched out of their lives in the blink of an eye. It’s hard for most of us that have never experienced such a thing to even fathom how they feel, the police calling your home to tell you that your mother died when she had gone to Movie Night with her friends, or that your 8 year-old child got shot in the head while they were at school.

These are life changing events that could emotionally scar someone for the rest of their life, but what does Congress do to comfort them? Nothing.

Now it’s not expected for them to help every single person that’s ever gotten hurt because they can’t control what people do, but when the solution is clear and it’s in their power to do something about it, they need to do it.

What’s the solution? In order to decrease the amount of gun violence in America, we need to decrease the amount of guns. This is exactly what the recent Gun Control bill proposed by President Obama would have done if it had gone through. In fact, we already have a law that says you can’t sell guns to criminals or the mentally ill; all the bill would have done is enforce it.

So why would it get shut down? Many suspect that there was a good amount of political lobbying going on, and that a lot of it probably came from the National Rifle Association (NRA). If this is so, then it shows what really holds our Congress’ interest. Not justice, not what’s best for America, but simply how much money you can persuade them with. Is this how our country is being run now, where regardless of how many children die we will still refuse to at least cut down on guns, much less completely banning them?

This needs to stop, and the only way it can is if America cries out. Let them know that even if they don’t care about the safety of America, we do. In time, they’ll have to listen. If they don’t, then it’s time to start thinking about electing some new Congressmembers.

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