I am horrified.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
So, yesterday, I wake up to hear that a young girl, just starting out with a good voice, was shot dead by a disgruntled fan in Orlando the night before. This morning, I find out that a young man, disappointed by seeing gay people love each other, opened fire in a nightclub in Orlando, killing more than 50, injuring more than 50.
What do these two things have in common? People that should not have guns, using them for evil. What are the IDIOTS in the NRA saying? That all the people there should have been armed.
REALLY? How about we enact sensible gun laws, making every single person that owns a gun have a license, just like a Driver's License, so that we can track guns, and so that the law abiding gun owners in this country actually have protection. This is not crazy, idiotic or mad. It is a sensible answer to a huge problem. Are guns less dangerous than driving a car? NO!!!
The answer is not to arm people indiscriminately. Let's just stop and think for one minute here. Let's say that ten people in that nightclub in Orlando last night at two a.m. had guns. They had been drinking, partying, and it was dark. They may have taken one class in gun safety to get their permits. Shooting someone across the room is something that only a very few can do well. Add darkness, liquor and music to that mix, and it becomes almost impossible. Nobody but a sniper could do that, nd a sniper has been trained for years for that exact thing. A sniper killed this guy, by the way, not the police officers who were there initially, but a sniper brought in for the kill shot.
Adding more guns to our mix is the wrong approach. Starting dialogue, to stop people from fanning the flames of bigotry is the right approach. When your parents or grandparents or great grandparents came here, they were not accepted. Irish, Catholic, Italian, German, Japanese, you name it. They were second class citizens. Isn't it time we realize that the American dream is one of inclusion and not one of bigotry and hatred? We are all immigrants, but the Indians (my BF is Indian, and he thinks the term "Native Americans" is ludicrious...we are all AMERICANS, and there should not a designator for race..).
As I have told my darling Daughter, since she was born, we are all the same under the skin.
Love someone of a different color, different gender, different identity today. Love the Americans we are. Don't fan these flames.
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