Yet another mass shooting in America, and the world is in shock as change is sadly unlikely
As a human being, as a woman, as a journalist, as a daughter and as a friend, I was deeply saddened to learn of the mass shooting in Texas at Uvalde at Robb Elementary School.
I was and still am angry, sad and horrified, but sadly not surprised.
Guns are woven into the fabric of America, especially Texas.
It becomes increasingly clear after each senseless killing that lawmakers are more concerned about protecting their gun rights than they are innocent people.
Enough is enough.
It has been almost ten years since the Sandy Hook shootings where 20 children were murdered.
You would assume that this particular massacre would have been enough to trigger a change in American gun rights, but that was not the case.
Now another group of children have been slaughtered in their classrooms. So what is the threshold before something is done?
“The United States has determined that gun ownership has costs and one of those costs is human life…Right now, no one’s life matters…not even our children.”
— TICKER NEWS (@tickerNEWSco) May 25, 2022
Children shouldn’t have to live in fear. Uvalde’s children were only two days away from summer vacation, when they should only be children.
Now, the selfish and barbaric actions of an 18-year-old individual, who had easy access to an assault rifle, have stolen their future.
Moments of silence are not enough, condolences are not enough.
This does not happen so frequently in any other country in the world. So why is the political appetite for change in America so weak?
Revision of the firearms law
Here’s what’s being discussed in Congress, as it relates to changing gun rights.
Currently, federal law does not require unlicensed gun dealers to perform background checks before purchasing guns.
Dubbed Bill HR 8, it would strengthen background checks required before purchasing a firearm.
However, he continues to be stalled in the Senate, where he needs ten Republican votes to pass.
It is now on the agenda for the upper house, with many pushing for an urgent vote, even if it is doomed by Republicans.
They argue that background checks tarnish gun rights and will take guns away.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will also push for a gun safety bill to be passed in June.
The proposed bill would have “Allow family members and law enforcement to obtain an Extreme Risk Protection Order to temporarily remove access to firearms from those deemed to be a danger to themselves or loved ones others by a federal court.”
Red flag laws are also in place, but all too often they prove ineffective.
They only report a problem if someone has a criminal history or has ever been deemed mentally ill.
It means cases like the 18-year-old suspect in the Uvalde mass shooting have slipped through the cracks.
Most gun rights regulations vary from state to state, as gun regulations cannot be passed at the federal level without majority support.
Therefore, it leaves the use and availability of firearms to the rulers of each state.
At this point, gun control won’t stop all gruesome attacks, but it will make a difference.
If you keep doing the same process in life, you will get the same result. Surely a mass shooting almost every week in America is reason enough to change things?
National Rifle Association meeting
And most unpleasantly, the National Rifle Association convention is scheduled for this weekend in Houston, Texas.
Participants in this agreement are prohibited from “bring guns, gun accessories, knives and other items.”
So no firearms are allowed at the NRA meeting, but an 18-year-old can walk into an elementary school with an assault rifle and slaughter innocent people.
The irony there. While the NRA essentially continues to hold America hostage.