- Posted July 23, 2012 by
Los Angeles, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun ownership in America
If not now when when will we talk about Gun Control?
- stein0726, CNN iReport producer
I’m going to be serious tonight and talk a little about how/why someone is able to go to a movie with weapons that should only be in the hands of our military and police. Nothing anyone can say to me will ever make ‘in my mind’ a good reason to have a automatic or even semi-automatic weapon who’s sole purpose is to kill multiple people for sale to anyone who has the money to buy them. The tragedy at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater hasn’t been the first time that someone is able to have weapons and used to kill many people. Have we forgotten Former Congress Gabby Gifford who’s attack at a campaign stop ended with death and mayhem at the hands of mentally ill young man? What about the Columbine attacks over ten years ago? The perforation of the ‘stand your ground’ laws that has crossed our nation giving everyone the ‘right’ to shoot first and ask questions later?? Every time one of these attacks happen politicians say how awful it is and send condolences to the families but do NOTHING. Why is the NRA allowed to hold the rest of us hostage to their obsession to loosening gun laws? When will WE as Americans stand up to this and say we want COMMON SENSE laws enacted to stop new guns being purchases and distributed? When will we start to make politician obligated to us??? We have a right to go to the movies, go to school and live our lives without the threat of death at the hands of someone with automatic weapons. The NRA always says that ‘Guns don’t kill people’ and they are right. PEOPLE with guns kill people!! That’s why we need to start a conversation about the reality of how weapons have changed since our country was founded. Until we give that response to the NRA they’ll keep spouting that refrain to justify their pursuit of putting a gun in the hands of anyone who wants one. Like many people I awoke and turned on the news. When the broadcasters first started talking about the new Batman movie Dark Knight rises well I tuned out since I’m not a fan and don’t plan on seeing the movie at the theater. Than I started to pay attention and realized they were talking about a shooting at the midnight screening in Aurora, CO and not some sort of review of the death count in the movie. I had to stop what I was doing and just feel sad for the victims who died and the people recovering at the hospitals. My mind is still unable to really understand why someone would decided to shoot a bunch of strangers at the movies and could dismiss it as someone who’s mentally ill but as I had written before that doesn’t matter what matters is the access that someone has to these types of weapons.
As I watched President Obama and Former Governor Romney ask for us to step back from politics and instead to mourn the loss to our nation … well I got a little mad! When will it EVER be time to about the politics of gun control?? I disagree with President Obama and Former Governor Romney because NOW is the time! We need to mobilize right now to have a real conversation on Gun Control while it’s still fresh in our minds, while we are mourning and scared that this might happen again (let’s be honest it WILL happen again)! I don’t want to be quiet. I want to shout from the rooftops that I’m ‘Angry and I won’t take it anymore!!! How many people have to die before we stand up to the NRA??? A mass killing with 100 people? Will 276 be the number to finally make Congress and Senate to enact a bill to protect us??? What will it take for politician to run scared of US the voters and not the NRA??? We have an election coming up in November I hope that people will call their Congress members and Senators that they will vote against them if they don’t get off their asses and start enacting laws to protect us!
So let’s MAKE politicians on both sides of the aisle to be real leaders and MAN up! The NRA always threaten elected officials with being being put on their ‘list’ well you know what WE need to have a list of politicians who refuse to lead in this fight. We want our elected officials to be more concerned about doing what’s right and not what will get them reelected. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is at the forefront of this fight so we don’t even have to reinvent the wheel. We can sign their petition as well as personally contact our elected officials at all levels of government. PLEASE stand up for what’s right and FIGHT for the safety of fellow citizens.
FYI - I orginally posted this on my blog www.cherrydavis.org where someone posted a reply that I STRONGLY disagreed with and replied to calmly and analytically.