172423f0f94d123df79375b647e66b94-540-0-width540embedTypetwitterThe front page of the New York Daily News called it right.  The NRA is beginning to lose some of its power as they continually sell fear and gun deaths have risen as gun ownership hits the roof. The Republicans refuse to put forth a reasonable gun control law. No one could ever strip Americans of the guns, there are too many out there.  But reasonable control of loopholes could prevent the needless deaths of assault rifle killings. I’ve heard it said that as soon as you ban assault rifles that can kill 50 people in less than 50 seconds, the NRA, the main gun manufacturer, by the way, will find a way around it. Plastic guns. Do it yourself kits, convertible guns. Then it is time to regulate the manufacturer or put them out of business. Their business is profit from killing people. If every bullet made for assault rifles had a 1000% tax, it would reduce the number of bullets some individuals could buy. If bullet making supplies surge, they too must be taxed to match the damage. Make it against the law to buy bullets or guns with a credit card. They must have a check that is held until they are cleared for ownership and until the check clears the bank before the gun is turned over. The same goes for gunshow and on-line purchases. It is always about money.

DSC08252 (Copy)And what about people like Jennifer Longdon, shot in the spine in a drive-by shooting, 5 months in the hospital, and a T-4 paraplegic. She can move her head, talk and breath. Her care costs $5 million. Why isn’t the NRA responsible for her around the clock, permanent care? They produced and profit from an unsafe product that has no practical use outside of war .

In ten years, 750,000 Americans have been injured by gunshots. And, 320,000 have been killed. Not counting the most recent mass shootings. Twenty thousand commit suicide with a gun each year and 11,000 people are murdered with a firearm each year.

It is insane. I personally know of a young paper-boy who accidentally injured his sister playing with his father’s gun. Life for him, and his family, will never be the same. His guilt was so deep, though his parents and even his sister who has to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair, were forgiving and understanding. Counseling didn’t help. He continually does self-destructive things, like stealing, getting into accidents, looking for punishment. Tragic.

We all vote. Let’s make reasonable gun control happen.




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  1. John Hoffmann

    Your still full of crap!

    • 2gadabout

      Guns kill 33,000 and injure 80,000 Americans per year. The annual cost of gun violence in the U.S. is $229 billion. It costs you and me $700 per year in taxes, almost as much as the cost of Medicaid. You must be one of the lucky ones who has never known someone personally affected by gun violence. All those people killed and injured have families and friends affected by their violent death or injury. It is a terrible toll on humanity. You must be lucky to never know anyone hurt by guns. If you did, maybe you would remove your blinders and see.

      • Barbara Troutt

        Guns don’t kill people. Medicaid and Medicare are two different programs.

      • 2gadabout

        That old hackneyed phrase doesn’t make it. According to your reasoning cars don’t kill anyone either.
        Since you brought up the cost of gun violence, think about this. I’m a widow, so it costs me $700 a year in taxes. A married couple, pays $1,400. A couple with two children pay $2,800. Now multiply the conservative figure of $700 by 324,000,000-the population of the USA. You may think that is fair, I don’t. I’d rather see that money spent on feeding people, on reducing global warming, and our crumbling infrastructure. I’m not advocating banning all guns, just using common sense that will save lives.

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