America is currently facing an epidemic of mass shootings, and it is a problem that is only getting worse. Republican-led states have loosened their gun laws from Texas to Florida, making it easier for individuals to obtain firearms. In Missouri a proposal to ban toddlers, kindergarteners, and elementary, middle, and high school children from carrying guns without adult supervision in public failed by a 104-39 vote. You really can't make this up.
The tragic reality of mass shootings is that they can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone. Schools, churches, shopping centers, and movie theaters have all been the sites of mass shootings recently, leaving a trail of carnage and loss in their wake. It is a deeply concerning issue that must be addressed with urgency and determination, but what do we get from Republicans? We get thoughts and prayers, we get the blame game, and we get everything but sensible gun reform.
The fact that the Republican party has loosened gun laws and has made assault rifles easily accessible has only exacerbated the problem. The ease with which individuals can obtain firearms has made it easier for people with malicious intent to commit violent acts.
We need common-sense gun regulations to address this issue. We cannot continue to allow weapons of war to be available to the general public. Assault-style weapons, high-capacity magazines, and bump stocks should be banned. Background checks should be mandatory for all gun purchases, regardless of where they are made. Mental health screenings should also be required to identify individuals who may be at risk of carrying out acts of violence.
Unfortunately, many gun rights activists and conservative lawmakers such as Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott argue against common-sense gun regulations, claiming that they infringe on Second Amendment rights. However, it is important to note that the Second Amendment does not give individuals an unrestricted right to bear arms. Rather, it provides for the regulation of firearms to ensure public safety. Common-sense gun regulations are necessary to balance individual rights with public safety.
However, Republicans continue to refuse to hear the horrendous screams of teachers and children as they are being shredded by an assault rifle at school. They refuse to hear the screams of parents that have been told that their children, the axis of their world have been murdered. Their bodies, bits, and pieces of tiny lives that had a future. They refuse to hear the cries “of do something” from families that have been added to the mass shooting statistics. The GOP hears the cha-ching of money they all get from the NRA and gun manufacturers. Nothing else matters to them. They will continue to copy, paste and tweet empty words.
In conclusion, we owe it to ourselves, our children, and our communities to do better and vote them out. It's how we begin to fix the gun epidemic.