Saturday Selects #20: Gun violence in America

Saturday Selects is a series of posts I write on the first Saturday of each month to discuss something outside of the general bookish theme of the blog.

This won’t be political.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that there was yet another mass shooting in the US. This time at a community college. There’s plenty to be said about how often this happens, but everyone else has already said it. I won’t throw out stats at you. I won’t even offer a solution. All that matters is that this must stop.

There’s a real problem with the rhetoric after these events. I’m talking about the public. You’ll have some people say we need to arm more law abiding citizens. And others will say we don’t need all these guns. And the things that Americans do agree on aren’t enacted into law because politicians won’t make it happen.

America has too many guns. Plain and simple. If you think it’s difficult to get a gun here you have no idea what you’re talking about. It isn’t. I think guns should be nearly impossible to acquire legally. If that were the case, then tens of thousands of American lives would be saved each year. From suicides and homicides.

But talk won’t do much. Check to see how your state lawmakers are handling this. See how your House Representative and Senators are voting on bills pertaining to guns. And vote accordingly. If you’re okay being represented by people who refuse to bring about change, then fine. But if you’re not, then it’s time to vote like it.

Tell me your thoughts.