I’m completely crestfallen to have to express my sorrow yet again over the tragic loss of life in a mass shooting, this time in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Let me be clear. I recognize and support the right to bear arms as enshrined in our country’s constitution. However, I believe some 2nd Amendment advocates willingly choose to ignore the full text of that amendment:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
We can have meaningful regulation and still protect second amendment rights. The great news is that a majority of Americans, even a majority of gun owners agree on many common sense regulations. But we can only have meaningful change when we are willing to take on the gun industry lobby. Make no mistake, the NRA no longer represents those responsible gun owners who own guns for protection, work needs, and sport. The NRA is only out for gun manufacturers. If NRA members felt like they had enough guns, gun industry profits would sink. So the gun industry and the NRA keep people afraid for their safety and afraid that their government wants to confiscate their gun. So they have chosen their profits over the well-being of all Americans, drawing a hard line against ANY regulation, even policies that would make huge differences.
This is why I embrace the goal of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America. This group, formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, has one very important focus: eliminate any and all background check loopholes. Every person who buys a gun must pass a background check. Period.
They are motivated because guns have become a major health risk to Americans, especially women and children. One of the surest indicators that someone will engage in gun violence is domestic abuse. I will share more information soon that highlights the focus on this critical area of failure, but we must eliminate access to guns for convicted domestic abusers and protect their accusers during the vulnerable time after the abuser is charged.
Those in the NRA’s pockets will quickly blame “mental health issues” as the reason why this mass shooting or the inevitable, it seems, next one, could not be prevented. But they’ve shown their gross hypocrisy on this by cutting mental health funding/access and by the eliminating gun restrictions for those with serious mental health diagnoses.
There are many reasons America is a great nation but being a leader in violent gun deaths is one area where Americans should avoid excelling.