The United States Congress should act with urgency on the new gun control measures recommended by President Barack Obama.
Legislators should realize the dangers brought about by guns openly sold legally over the counter.
Thousands of people have joined the march to air their strong voice in wanting to end violence in schools and communities. As taxpayers, their side should be heard and counted.
Douglas MacArthur has a valid point, “In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.”
With thousands of guns proliferating in the land of the free and the brave, violence has immensely occurred. Thus, parents have experienced sleepless nights on the safety of their children, especially in schools.
Privately owned firearms in the US are estimated to be over 200 million by the FBI, for a population of 314 million. It seems like a Wild, Wild West?
The painful episode of the civil war was a bitter lesson. Yet, guns have continued to create havoc in America. Recent history shows a gunman killed 20 students and 6 educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School at the onset of the Christmas season last year.
It took no time for gun owners to surrender their weapons, in support for an end to violence in the area.
According to CNN’s article, “Mass killings in US schools,” printed in its website on December 14, 2012, there were a number of high school assassination committed by young students. On February 28, 2012 alone, student T.J. Lane opened fire at Chardon High School, killing one and injuring 4 others. On October 2, 2006, Charles Roberts IV, invaded West Nickel Mines School, Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. Charles Roberts IV, 32, and hostage 11 girls. Five girls were killed and six others wounded. In turn, Roberts killed himself.
Imagine not only the deaths of innocent victims, but also the physical, emotional, psychological trauma of children and parents due to violence.
Children should be taught of proper values in school. How could they help shape the future if they become victims of dastardly crime?
Guns should be left alone to police authorities and military personnel because it is their solemn duty to protect the citizens. Just like food, clothing and shelter, the safety of every citizen should be a paramount concern of the government. Peace loving people should not be threatened by any gun-toting civilians.
US Congress need not a rocket scientist on how to address the problem caused by violence.
Looking at the wounded hearts of parents and pictures of innocent victims, as statesmen, they should know where to make a stand.