- Posted September 16, 2013 by
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Navy Yard shooting
Stop The Murder And Take Action! Stop The Mass Shootings With Reform
These places and the these times will be forever sealed into our memory as a nation and as a people because our system failed, and our leaders failed to act.
From Alaska to Maine, from the South Side of Chicago to the Las Vegas Strip, too many of our fellow human beings are being taken from us, and too many families and friends are losing loved ones to a bad guy with a bullet and a gun that he shouldn't have in the first place.
And this is yet another space where congress and our elected officials fail to act.
I'm not asking you to take the guns from the good guys. But with more thorough and investigative background checks and a limit on high capacity magazines, we can save the lives of so many of us.
Looking back on these tragic events, so many of them could've been avoided or could have been much less devistating if our system had worked.
If our background system worked, then the shooter in Phoenix couldn't have killed a little girl and so many others, and very nearly killed a United States Representative.
If we has a system that worked, today's shooter at the Navy Yard (1) wouldn't have gotten an AK-47 and (2) wouldn't have been granted access to the building where he would kill 12 people-- 12 people!
And if our system had worked and if we had paid more attention, then the maniac in Newtown wouldn't have killed 20 little kids and 6 more wonderful human beings.
But you'd think that after these moments where our system didn't work that our elected officials would be doing their best to reform it. Of course, that's not what their doing.
Look, I'm conservative and I'm a republican. But I refuse to tand by and turn on the news day after day and haveto hear about another 20 people being killed or another 70 people being injured.
This country is better then it's politics.
-- Cole Miele is a conservative blogger and opinion writer. You can follow him on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/ColeMieleUSA