Remembering the many victims of senseless gun crime... Photo © Tara Bradford
I've been following the sad news about the horrific shootings in Aurora, Colorado. And it's really hard to feel anything but fury at all these politicians lamenting the tragedy and expressing sympathy - yet doing absolutely nothing to strengthen gun control laws.
Is there a politician in America who has the courage to take on the powerful NRA gun lobby? Is there a politician in America who can - and will - actually lead, rather than kowtow to corporate funding and special interests??!! How many more people must die before our elected senators and representatives introduce laws to curb access to assault rifles and handguns?
Despite the NRA's disingenuous claims to the contrary, this is not about our Second Amendment right to bear arms. This is about the widespread availability of guns - even presented in churches in Tennessee - allowing sociopaths and mentally-disturbed people to kill. This is about ready access of guns making it easy for a three-year-old child to accidentally kill his father or for a child to shoot his classmate. This is about an angry young man with impaired judgment legally buying dangerous weapons and ammunition and killing innocent people in a theatre.
For once, I agree with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg:
"Maybe it's time the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they're going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country. And everybody always says: 'Isn't it tragic?'"
"There are so many murders with guns every day. It's just gotta stop. And instead of these two people, President Obama and Governor Romney, talking in broad things about they want to make the world a better place. OK, tell us how... No matter where you stand on the second amendment, no matter where you stand on guns, we have a right to hear from both of them, concretely, not just in generalities, specifically: what are they going to do about guns?"