More Gun Violence Deaths | Blog For Iowa
If there seems to be one constant in this country over the past few years, the outbreaks of gun violence are completely pointless. Equally pointless are Republican politicians who refuse to take a number of sensible, simple approaches that could significantly reduce the number of pointless gun violence deaths every day, not every year in America.
Every day, an average of 100 people die from gun violence in this country. For each of these people who die, there are survivors who will be traumatized to some extent for the rest of their lives. Some will be badly scarred. Even the perpetrator’s family will be traumatized for the rest of their lives.
Think about how you would react if you were shot tomorrow. What about grandma and grandpa if they’re still alive? News of your sudden death could kill you in old age. What about your parents and your in-laws? Health problems can also arise here. There would potentially be a lot of grief and a loss of belief in almost anything.
What about your spouse In addition to being traumatized, your spouse needs to figure out how to live with a huge loss of income for the family. You are very lucky when you have some form of life insurance that most people don’t. Even if you have life insurance, will it replace your income?
What about kids Your senseless death will haunt them for years. Do their plans and goals have to change drastically after losing a parent? Are they getting withdrawn and grumpy?
And then there are extended families like brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces. There are also friends and social networks that you exist on. Most people are involved in some form of volunteering, including church work, petty league, political action, or book clubs. There will be a hole everywhere that will never be completely filled.
This previous exercise is designed to show the effects of unexpected, pointless death. Multiply that by 100 per day for 365 days and you have an idea of the scope of the situation.
Yet for at least 40 years the Republican Party has stood in the way of even the simplest and most reasonable of corrections that could easily be implemented. While they make all sorts of excuses, the bottom line is that guns are big business in this country and are much more sacred to a Republican than life.
For many years, Republican politicians have documented the grief and loss faced by families and friends by making a truly useless public statement, usually including a phrase like “thoughts and prayers.” Thoughts and prayers are little more than empty air. They don’t do anything.
What Americans need is solid laws restricting who can get guns, what kind of guns can be bought, how quickly they can be delivered, and how security features can be developed. There should also be some form of insurance or funding for victims of shootings.
We have had laws in the past that said people who committed crimes could not buy or own a weapon. This was achieved with background checks. Even during these computerized times, background checks should take a few days. The delivery of the weapon should therefore take a few days. If someone is in a rush to get a gun, it is likely an indication that the intention of owning a gun is not good.
The next question is why are we selling weapons of war (AR15 and its kind) to the average American supposedly living in a civil society. There shouldn’t be any reason a civilian should own an AR15.
Industry and engineers have always looked for ways to make their products safer and less likely to kill or maim. The automobile is a good example of this. When safety became a top priority in the 1970s and 1980s, it was amazing how cars were redesigned so that people can survive even some of the worst accidents. Seat belts, folding steering wheels, and airbags are just a few of the changes that have been made.
How many times suggested why guns don’t have a fingerprint scanner or eyeball scanner to confirm that the person shooting the gun is authorized for that gun? To be authorized, a person must have a background check. There are many variations on this theme.
What about insurance to cover a victim’s losses? Or a victim’s fund, which is financed with a high tax on weapons purchases.
One suggestion that keeps popping up is taxing the bullets. If each bullet actually cost $ 10, someone would think for a while before shooting.
Here is a proposal that ties electoral repression to gun laws: