Another mass shooting in America and the world shakes, sadly unlikely to change
As a person, as a woman, as a journalist, as a daughter, and as a friend, I was heartbroken to hear of the Texas mass shooting at Uvalde at Robb Elementary School.
I was and still am angry, sad and appalled, but sadly not surprised.
Guns are woven into America, especially Texas.
After every senseless murder, it becomes clearer that lawmakers care more about protecting their gun rights than they do about innocent people.
Enough is enough.
It’s been almost ten years since the Sandy Hook mass shooting, in which 20 children were murdered.
One would assume that one particular massacre would have been enough to change American gun laws, but it wasn’t.
Now another group of children have been slaughtered in their classrooms. So what is the threshold before anything is done?
“The United States has recognized that there is a cost to owning guns, and one of those costs is human life…Right now, nobody’s life matters…not even our children’s.”
— TICKER NEWS (@tickerNEWSco) May 25, 2022
Children shouldn’t have to live in fear. The children of Uvalde were only two days away from the summer holidays, when they should be just that – children.
Now, the selfish and barbaric acts of an 18-year-old who had easy access to an assault rifle stole her future.
Minutes of silence are not enough, expressions of condolence are not enough.
In no other country in the world does this happen so often. So why is America’s political appetite for change so low?
Revision of the gun law
Here’s what’s under discussion in Congress regarding a change in gun rights.
Currently, federal law does not require unlicensed gun sellers to conduct background checks before purchasing guns.
Dubbed the HR 8 bill, it would reinforce the background checks required before a gun is purchased.
However, she remains stuck in the Senate, where she needs ten Republican votes to get through.
It’s now about to enter the Upper House calendar, and many are pressing for an urgent vote, even if it’s doomed by Republicans.
They argue that background checks would pollute gun rights and take away guns.
majority leader of the house Steny Hoyer will also be pushing for a vote on a gun safety law in June.
The bill would “Allowing family members and law enforcement agencies to obtain an extreme risk protection order to temporarily restrict access to firearms to those determined by a federal court to pose a danger to themselves or others.”
There are also red flag laws, but far too often they prove ineffective.
They only report a problem if someone has a criminal history or was previously thought to be mentally ill.
That means cases like the 18-year-old suspect in the Uvalde mass shooting have slipped through the cracks.
Most gun control regulations vary from state to state because gun legislation cannot be passed at the federal level without majority support.
Therefore, it leaves the use and availability of arms to the leaders of individual states.
At this point, gun control won’t stop every terrible attack, but it will make a difference.
If you continue the same process in life, you will get the same result. A mass shooting almost every week in America is surely reason enough to change something?
Meeting of the National Rifle Association
And worst of all, the National Rifle Association Convention is scheduled for this weekend in Houston, Texas.
Participants in this conference are prohibited “Bringing firearms, firearm accessories, knives, and other items.”
So no guns are allowed at the NRA meeting, but an 18-year-old can walk into an elementary school with an assault rifle and massacre innocent people.
The irony in that. As the NRA essentially continues to hold America hostage.