Gun violence in America is increasing at an alarming rate. It seems that almost daily the media report on some horrendous act of violence involving guns. Mass shootings, one-on-one crime, gang-related homicides, drug-connected murders – all rage throughout the country and across the globe. Ever since the beginning of the founding of America, guns have been woven into the fabric of our country. The founders even made it a constitutional amendment – the second amendment – providing the right to bear arms. The Supreme Court has ruled that the right belongs to individuals for self-defense.
I think the constitution is a great document that practices the principle of democracy, but I also think the second amendment should not be a part of this special document. If the founders could have seen the future and the impact of this amendment on our country, I think their perspectives on guns would have been dramatically different and they would agree with me.
Consider the constitutions of other democratic countries, the United Kingdom, France and Germany – none of them has anything in their doctrines regarding the right to bear arms. For many years now guns deaths have continued to rise. Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other developed countries. Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the United States’ gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher.
I don’t have a master solution to solve the ongoing gun violence in our country. I know that it is important that the great work that Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America featured in this month’s edition, is needed to keep gun control in the forefront of our thoughts and actions in our community.
Robert Jeffrey Jr.
“You don’t need no gun control, you know what you need? We need some bullet control. Men, we need to control the bullets, that’s right. I think all bullets should cost five thousand dollars… five thousand dollars per bullet… You know why? Cause if a bullet cost five thousand dollars there would be no more innocent bystanders.” – Chris Rock
“We lose eight children and teenagers to gun violence every day. If a mysterious virus suddenly started killing eight of our children every day, America would mobilize teams of doctors and public health officials. We would move heaven and earth until we found a way to protect our children. But not with gun violence.” – Elizabeth Warren