Two shooting stories bookend the issues


Shooting tragedies are too commonplace in the US. Just pick up a newspaper in any city on any day and count the gun shooting stories. Last week, we had several shooting deaths, but two stand out, one that is becoming a too common accident and the other an act of terror by a lone gunman in Ft. Lauderdale.

The first accident is yet another toddler who found a loaded weapon and shot someone, in this case his mother. She fortunately survived, but the other part of the story is the father was in law enforcement and knows better.

If you Google four year old shoots six year old, many child shootings can be found of all ages. These are accidents, but are highly preventable with training and consistent practice. Also, there is a movement to place a finger printed triggering mechanism which will prevent a child or adult from firing your gun. Sadly, the NRA is against this.

The Ft. Lauderdale mass shooting shows yet again, it is very difficult to stop a motivated lone gunman. With our freedom and readily available guns, even our highly skilled police and FBI cannot prevent all of these events from happening.

We must take a series of measures that will permit better gun governance. Gun advocates will state certain measures would not prevent certain shootings, but it is apparent that doing nothing won’t either.

Background  checks on all weapon sales will help. Extended waiting periods will help with the most predominant American gun death of suicide. The finger printed trigger will help with child shootings including using a parent’s weapon for suicide. Putting people on our no-fly list on a restricted gun sales list will help. With the exception of not selling to someone who is on watch list, the other measures are reasonable safeguards which do not infringe on 2nd amendment rights.

My frustration is we do not address this issue as parents. We address as politicians. Congress is too scared of the NRA to do the right things. Until we start addressing thiese issues, we will continue to have these problems. It is that simple. And, it matters not who is in the White House.

 

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21 thoughts on “Two shooting stories bookend the issues

    • Linda, thanks. And, Americans, even Republicans support three of them. I have not seen survey on the finger printed triggering device. The NRA just scares people and can rally its small base to seem like tens of millions. Keith

  1. These shootings are becoming so common that they scarcely draw attention any more. And it will just get worse. I don’t see any sort of rational attempt to deal with this situation coming in the next four years, to be sure!

    • Hugh, our President-elect said he is going to stop terrorism in the US, but without some common sense changes, he will make little difference and his comments are just words. Keith

  2. Dear Keith,

    Thanks for this and your other suggestions, “Also, there is a movement to place a finger printed triggering mechanism which will prevent a child or adult from firing your gun. Sadly, the NRA is against this.

    I am strongly in favor of smart guns; having the FBI take away guns from a mentally ill man who walks into their offices; holding parents accountable for NOT having guns unloaded and locked up securely wherever children are underfoot; etc.

    Presonally, I am in favor of the second amendment but with sensible restrictions that even the vast majority of NRA members favor.

    This is a problem bought and sold for on behalf of the gun industry and their lobbyist, the NRA.

    Ciao, Gronda

    • Gronda, like you, the vast majority of gun owners support sensible gun governance and most do not belong to the NRA. The NRA represents gun sellers moreso than buyers. When they first started, they too, supported common sense gun laws. One of my key examples over their power is they can get their ardent supporters to overwhelm phone lines giving the impression a public is against something, when it is just their group flooding the airways. The fact the got Congress to not include funding to the CDC to measure the reasons and types of gun deaths, shows they are not interested in scientific data.

      I respect gun owners rights, but common sense is needed and wanted by far too many, including gun owners. Keith

    • Janis, it is one of these things that has to happen to loved one before it sinks in. I asked my father-in-law once if the rifle in his closet was loaded. I said please unload it or I won’t bring your grandchildren by. He understood. Keith

  3. Why commonsense is so difficult to understand really baffles my mind. You seemed to fix this issue is 500 words or less…BAM!
    This young man in Ft. Lauderdale seemed to have followed procedure, basically begging for help. He knew he was unstable. He told the authorities. He told his commanders. He told his family. Yet NO ONE thought it was appropriate to conceal his weapons? For his own safety, let alone the safety of others. Sadly, due to the lack of commonsense there is a great deal of suffering for many families. He isn’t the only one who should be sitting in a cell.

    • Lisa, thanks. We no longer govern with common sense or real information, as our so-called leaders are fed data by lobbyists. The gun lobby is one of the most powerful with fervent followers, who are smaller in number than they seem. If a legislator considers a position contrary to the NRA, his or her office is flooded with calls against giving the illusion the community is against it.

      Our law personnel need to use it as well, which they do for the most part. This is an example of where someone was not thinking. The law says set him free, but common sense begged more questions. Keith

  4. I love arguments that include workable solutions. I wish we had more politicians that approach issues like this in the same way, making arguments with the solution to the problem clearly embedded in them.

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