Monday, October 22, 2018

Country needs tighter gun control

My heart pours out to the folks at the tiny little church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a gunman went on a shooting rampage and killed 26 people over the weekend.

It leaves me with a sickening feeling to know that one person could cause so much devastation and destruction of human lives. The gunman reportedly fired at least 450 rounds at helpless worshipers.

The dead ranged from 18 months to 77 years old and included multiple members of some families. One of them was an 8-year-old boy hiding in a pew. 

It proved to be the worst mass shooting ever in Texas. 

Based on early reports, it appears this shooting stems from a domestic situation and was not racially or religiously motivated. 

A mass shooting at a church like Sutherland’s First Baptist rips at the inner core of society. We should be able to feel safe when worshiping at a religious institution of our choice. 

I can’t fathom having a sacred time like worshiping at a church service interrupted by a crazed person with assault weapons hell-bent on slaughtering innocent lives. 

This cowardly act illustrates that violence shows no boundaries. It can happen anywhere. Sutherland Springs has a population of only 400. That’s just slightly smaller than Claremont. 

What’s scary is that this is the second significant massacre in less than six weeks. On Oct. 1, a sniper killed 58 people at a concert in Las Vegas. 

I don’t think any of us can understand or comprehend the enormity of such mass casualities. 

It seems like this country has an obsession with firearms. Gun-buying has exploded in recent years as some consider firearms the ultimate expression of personal liberty. 

Perhaps it’s time for this country to outlaw all assault rifles from homes, and make it illegal to own one, unless, of course, you were in formal security forces like the police.  

I came across something interesting while following news reports of this latest shooting. While our death tolls horrify other nations, as they should, Japan is among those countries with the most severe restrictions of gun control. 

In Japan, handguns are banned outright and rifles are allowed only after extensive training and background checks. The restrictions may seem extreme, but it is hard to argue with the results: In 2014, the U.S. recorded more than 35,000 gun deaths while Japan with a population of 127 million, had six. 

It appears tougher gun control may be in order, and our ticket to keeping these gruesome scenes from dotting our countryside.  America needs to do something drastic before more crazy nonsense keeps recurring. 

We all want our freedom, but are we really enjoying our freedom if we’re constantly dodging bullets? 

It’s time we go in hot pursuit of pushing for stricter gun control.  


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