This is my home

Sadly and unsuprisingly, we are mourning yet another mass shooting in America, this time in Virginia Beach. A minister and police officer uttered the above heartfelt lament about the twelve lost lives, “this is my home.”

My hearts and prayers are for our legislators to recognize that our country has a problem. I pray that they recognize too many Americans are dying. I pray that they recognize that no action is not stopping the senseless violence. I pray they recognize doing something won’t stop all shootings, but could stop some.

There are multiple factors, so a solution must be holistic. And, if these politicians will take their hands out of the NRA’s pockets long enough, they could see Americans want changes to gun governance.

Yes, it is a mental health issue, Yes, it is a crime issue. Yes, it is an entertainment violence issue. Yes, it is a lack of civility issue. But, it is most certainly a gun issue.

So, for the umpteenth time:

– Background checks on all transactions, even personal ones will save some lives.

– Longer waiting periods on all transactions will help reduce suicides and mental health related homicides.

– Licenses should come with training requirements for acquisition and renewal.

– Bullets should be codified to help wit crime-solving as requested by police.

– All new guns should have owner finger-printed triggering (reduce suicides and accudentsj shooting).

– Medical doctors and psychologists should have liberty to ask any patient if they own a gun.

– Gun related deaths must be tracked by the CDC – you cannot fix what you do not measure, but that may have been the reason the NRA has fought this for years.

– And, it should be systemstically easier for a judge to be petitioned and to temporarily suspend gun ownership as mental health testing is done.

Notice I did not take anyone’s gun away unless he cannot pass a background check or a judge suspends his right, But, I personally believe no American needs an assault style or converted weapon.

Many Americans are tired of the politicians telling us why they will not act or do something. I am tired of their stale BS that I can write for them as I have heard it far too many times. Americans are dying and their loved ones really do not care if you hurt the NRA’s feelings. Our constitutional right to live free supercedes the right to own a gun, which has been expanded beyond what the Second Amendment actualjy says.

The NRA used to be about gun safety. They must regain that mission statement. Will these actions stop gun deaths – no? But, if we can stop some it would be worth it.

21 thoughts on “This is my home

  1. America, that is, the US of A (which as a land entity to this day remains nameless and makes me shake my head at that – everybody in North, Central and South America IS an American after all) well, whatever, it is a very sick country. Quoting: “they could see Americans want changes to gun governance.” Do they, though? How many times have “Americans” been given the chance to elect people who would have done something about gun ownership and ensuing mayhem and gratuitous violence? And how many times have they unequivocally rejected such potential representatives? How many Americans mourn the overt, public, global violence perpetrated upon helpless individuals world wide by their unaccountable mercenary military organizations? How man really care and exercise their “freedom of speech” to speak against it? Well, so far one: Chelsea Manning, and she is being persecuted for speaking out against overt American military war crimes. If she was to be hanged, or shot for treason, how many would object and how many would cheer? Smell the odour of your own armpit truth, America. And yes, the chickens always come home to roost. America, as an entity, nation or empire or both, loves violence. Its past and current history leaves no doubt of that.

    • Sha’Tara, you have hit upon a huge disconnect in our country. If you ask people about specific things, in this case background checks and elongated waiting periods, the support is a significant majority. If you ask them about specific of the ACA, they also favor all but one provision – mandated coverage.

      Yet, politicians sell stories and the most untruthful one by far is Donald Trump. And, Americans do not vote, so a key part of Trump’s strategy was to get people to stay home.

      So, Trump is like Brexit, if you do not vote, your right to complain is muted. To be frank, for eight years, a vital part of the GOP strategy is to manage downward opposition votes. Both sides have done this, but with ALEC, the GOP has organized cheating to a much higher level than I have ever witnessed. Keith

  2. Another tragedy Keith.
    And the tragedy which goes with it, the divide in US politics is now so polarised folk will not come together even over a matter of lives.

    • Roger, I live in a country that chases or invents small problems, while ignoring bigger ones. Political courage is in scarce supply here, especially in the Trump GOP. Keith

      • I had noticed.
        I sympathise.
        In the UK Idiocy and woolly-headedness are not in short supply, on both sides of the political fence.
        Whereas Yates in ‘Second Coming’ wrote about ‘slouching to Bethlehem’, here a large number are either rushing to the cliff edge or stumbling about there blindfolded.

      • Roger, going off a cliff is an apt description. I see what Trump did and the Brexit folks did to win votes. What frustrates is the level of misinformation and fear involved with the winning sides, but how both capitalized on keeping voter turnout low from dissenting votes. To me, people cannot complain about Trump or Brexit if they did not vote. Keith

  3. Oh, no! Another shooting. Yes, it simply is too easy and too common that everybody has a gun almost like you can get a cell phone. I don’t understand that kind of thinking of the responsible people. Yes, if you want a gun you can get a gun but still, such tragedies could be at least limited!

      • No, Keith! For sure not! I am traveling to the US for years once or twice a year. We even lived there. People love visiting the US BUT most are aware how to behave and not to go at dangerous places. But no, so far I cannot imagine the gun violence kept anyone from going… rather the current president!

      • Erika, thanks. So, if your travels bring you close to NC, let me know and maybe we can meet for lunch. My wife and I met a blogging friend from Australia who visited close by.

        Take care, Keith

  4. I agree with the need for sensible gun reform. However, I will add something else that may be controversial–we need to figure out what it is with men and mass shootings. Nearly every mass shooting in this country since the early 80s has been committed by a man: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/01/17/gun-violence-masculinity-216321

    Of course, very few men are mass shooters, but I think we need to understand why nearly all mass shooters are men, and how we can address this.

    If we can figure out what’s going on here, I don’t think we would completely eliminate mass shootings, but we would come pretty close.

    • Brendan, that is not a controversial to me. If the CDC tracked gun deaths, I would hope the trigger puller data would be included. I am a big believer in measurement (you are what you measure). With that data, we could track gender, mental stability, hate group, etc.

      You reminded me of the black man who has talked over 200 KKK members to give up their robes. He listens to them and then asks pertinent question. After hearing a KKK member say blacks have an inherited gene that causes them to commit crimes, he asked him about the “serial killer” gene that white men have. When the man looked surprised, he said all serial killers are white men, so the KKK member realized how stupid his own gene remark was.

      So, I mention this as we must learn the why’s of mass shooters. I agree anecdotally they are men, but we need to know why. Yet, it would be nice to see the data – are they disenfranchised and susceptible to hate groups, eg? Keith

      • Yes, I agree that we need to know why it’s usually men. I have my theories, and others I know have their theories too. But yes, it does beg the question–does it have to do with being susceptible to hate groups? Does it have to do with a feeling of losing dominance in some way? Is it something else?

      • All good hypotheses. I think with technology, alienation or simply being lonely can happen more easily. Coupled with male teen and young adult angst, they are susceptible to groups that recruit the disenfranchised. Data would help.

  5. Note to Readers: Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney quoted the NRA playbook today, saying once again after a tragedy, now is not the time to discuss gun issues. This is akin to former UNC Tar Heel basketball coach’s Four Corner offense to run out the clock while ahead. As noted before, I can write the lines for NRA funded politicians. Mr. Mulvaney, we know the time is the 1st of Never in your book, but frankly that does not suffice. So, what are you going to do about Americans dying?

  6. You are so correct, especially about it being a many faceted problem needing multiple fixes. And no, you did not suggest taking anyone’s gun away, but our country seems to have ceded all reason and logic to a mad mop, who frankly doesn’t give a flip about dead kids or citizens unless they interfere with his purchasing power.

    • Linda, what I still have a hard time fathoming is how can a group be so ardent in protecting the lives of the unborn and be so ardent in protecting the free license to a weapon that kills. There is a disconnect.

      The answer that most Americans want is better governance over both issues with limited freedom. Keith

      • Yes, with the rigid stance on the sanctity of a heartbeat, you’d think these same people would also embrace another Christian dogma about turning the other cheek. But instead they fall to fear and an eye for an eye thinking. I wonder if its really the ardent pro-lifers that are also ardent NRAers? Could there be two discreet sects within that right wing element?

  7. You already know that my thoughts echo your own, though I am more hard core and would gladly ban guns outside of military and law enforcement were it in my power. As for Mulvaney … WHAT business does the director of the Office of Management and Budget have telling us when the appropriate time to discuss gun regulation is??? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Frankly, the only time anybody seems to listen to us is right after a tragedy such as Fridays!

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