Here’s a statistic that makes me quake.
The United States of America experienced 288 school shootings since 2009. The punchline? That number is 57 times greater than six other industrialized nations combined.
The other nations measured were the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Canada.
Fifty-seven times greater!
And yet . . .
Gun-rights groups led by the National Rifle Association continue to tell us that we cannot enact constitutional legislation that would somehow stem that terrible tide. How in the name of good government does the NRA defend this view?
I don’t have a legislative cure in mind. Congress cannot muster up the guts to enact universal background checks for every individual who purchases a firearm. Why? Well, I have concluded that the NRA has bullied members into cowering away from taking any measures that would make it harder to buy a gun.
I will not accept the notion that any legislation would violate the Second Amendment guarantee citizens’ right to “keep and bear arms.”
Yet the demagogues keep yammering about how politicians are intent on “destroying” the Second Amendment, how they are dedicated to “taking your guns away.”
They are wrong.
The statistic about the number of school shootings tells me that we have to stop the bloodbath. I mean, Donald Trump pledged during inaugural speech to stop “this American carnage.”
Yes. It needs to stop. Now!