Tony Guadagnino is a marketing consultant. Located in New Jersey, his clients are based across the country, focusing on social media to build their presence on the internet. He studied creative writing in college and is currently working his first novel on the subject of bullying. He lives with his partner Mark.
Once again, America was faced with an ongoing controversial issue — GUN CONTROL! With the recent attack in Orlando (and I pray there hasn’t been more since writing this article), I am at a loss for words as to why no gun laws have changed in our country.
First and foremost, I want to say that I DO NOT want to take away everyone’s guns. Contrary to the rhetoric the NRA (and a “miserable” Republican nominee) consistently feed to Americans, nobody wants to take the guns away from the responsible gun owners. There are thousands of gun owners who know how to be responsible with a weapon. My Dad was one of them. Raising three sons, his kids knew he had guns; we knew where they were kept, and we also knew they were not toys – we weren’t allowed to touch them, to play with them … in fact, we didn’t even look at them. When we were older and showed a level of maturity, Dad had taken us to a firing range to learn how to responsibly handle a gun. People who are conscientious with a weapon should be allowed to keep their firearm. I absolutely have no problem stating that on record, and I do not want anyone to misunderstand my stance.
However … and here comes the soap box … what I do not comprehend is that after another mass shooting, 56 Republican senators continue to support the NRA and change nothing in regards to laws with firearms. This recent mass shooting in Orlando, in which 49 people were murdered, and 53 wounded, should have everyone PISSED OFF and yell out of their windows “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”
When Sen Chris Murphy (D, CT) spent 14 hours on the floor of the Senate to support a universal background check system to stop the wrong people from acquiring guns. One of which is a very responsible bill – if someone is on the “No Fly” list, then that person should not be able to buy a gun: NO FLY; NO BUY I know that most people use the 2nd Amendment as their basis for their rights. Again, nobody wants to take away the guns of responsible owners, but background checks should be done. (Note: 80% of gun owners agree that background checks are both necessary and important.)
Background checks are done at gun shops, but not with either internet or Gun Show purchases. Why not? Do people really believe a background check is unconstitutional? If someone has been investigated by the FBI as a “possible terrorist,” then why cannot we create a No Buy list? Why is getting a driver’s license harder than purchase a gun?
Allow me to make this comparison: before you get behind the wheel of a car, you have to (1) pass a written test; (2) practice for weeks before a driving test; (3) take a driving test with a professional. Nobody automatically gets a driving license at a certain age. Every person goes through a procedure to prove they know how to be responsible with a possible deadly weapon (the automobile) before you can use one. Plus, nobody can purchase an automobile without a license. Anyone caught driving with a license is put in jail. It’s legal to punish an unlicensed driver, so why is it illegal to expand background checks on guns?
And why are assault rifles available to the public for purchase? When the AR-15 assault rifle was invented, its purpose was solely for military (which was later labeled as M16). It was not invented for civilians; it was not created for hunting. When the Federal Assault Weapon Ban expired in Sept 2004 (President George W. Bush’s 1st term), these dangerous machine guns became available to the public.
The United States has become the country with the most mass shootings than any other country on the globe. Is that something we should be proud? Let’s reflect for a moment on the most recent mass shootings:
01/08/11 – Tucson, AZ = 6 people dead (US Rep Gabrielle Giffords was among the 13 injured)
07/20/12 – Aurora, CO = 12 dead (70 injured at Century 16 Movie Theatre)
12/14/12 – Newtown, CT = 20 children dead (6-7 years old at Sandy Hook); 11 days before Christmas
06/14/15 – Charleston, NC = 9 people died (Charleston Church Shooting)
12/02/15 – San Bernardino, CA = 14 people killed (22 injured)
04/12/16 – Orlando, FL = 49 died (53 injured at Pulse, a gay club)
I am ready to yell “Enough Is Enough.” Gun laws must be changed to stop this ridiculous bloodshed in America. The solution is not keeping Muslims out of America. (Research it and you’ll see that the shootings are NOT all Islamic attacks.)
It’s time for America to support more stringent Gun Laws!
It’s time for the NRA to stop owning the government.
(Note: the NRA has dispersed over $30 MILLION to the 56 Republicans Senators mentioned earlier.)
It’s time for America to work together in a bipartisan relationship.