A Powerful and Tragic Reminder that Change is Needed on Gun Violence – NOT Gun Control

The President has recently been talking about new ideas regarding how we can better control gun violence in the country. On Friday, there was another stark reminder that change, not more of the same, is needed. These latest shootings don’t need to be dramatized for effect to empower anti-gun activists and groups. No more than they need to be hyped for those who support our 2nd Amendment rights. What should happen, and hindsight says it should have happened long ago, is a serious look at new gun violence measures.

To hear those from the other side of the aisle tell it, they would have you use gun violence and gun control interchangeably. They wouldn’t even mind if they were synonymous – but they aren’t. It is possible that there are still some who believe gun control as in more gun control and more restrictions are the answer. Then there are a few who still believe that guns themselves are the problem and removing them completely is the answer. Enter your own commentary here regarding that select group.

Meanwhile, gun rights supporters and 2nd Amendment defenders are fighting for some sense of sanity. The kind of sanity that would lend a hand toward ending the kind of insanity we have witnessed too often lately, like the kind we heard about on Friday. One story reporting on the two shootings released this statement from authorities in Midland, Texas:

“We believe there are two shooters in two separate vehicles. One suspect is believed to be at the Cinergy in Midland and the other is believed to be driving on Loop 250 in Midland. The two vehicles in question are a gold/white small Toyota truck and a USPS Postal Van.”

Along with a statement from law enforcement in Odessa:

“A subject (possibly 2) is currently driving around Odessa shooting at random people. At this time there are multiple gunshot victims. The suspect just hijacked a U.S. mail carrier truck and was last seen in the area of 38th and Walnut. Everyone is encouraged to get off the road and use extreme caution!”

According to the aforementioned report covering these shootings, early numbers suggest that as many as 20 people have been shot. As these details unwind and as we get more information on what exactly happened in Texas that day, and after we have had time to grieve, we will be reminded that change is needed. The President has addressed the ideas of looking into the gun violence problem from the mental health perspective. An idea that he has received considerable flack for and exactly the outside of the box type of thinking we need.

Does it seem like there has been an increase in gun violence recently? Does it feel like we have heard more reports about mass shootings this year? There’s a reason for that and the problem isn’t getting any better with more gun control laws. It shouldn’t take a tragedy to invoke change but it often does. So… how many more?

Don’t let the left smooth-talk you into thinking that gun control is the same thing as gun violence. It is this agenda-driven legislation that has increased gun restriction and made gun purchasing (and selling) more tedious, time-consuming and difficult with no evidence of any impact on gun violence. Outside of the evidence that the plan isn’t working.

Those questions and more ideas about controlling gun violence need to be seriously investigated. Right now, however, it is time to keep those in harm’s way and those who suffered as a result of these shootings in our prayers. If this is the tragedy that wakes us up, then at least we can say something good came out of something awful.

The news is still swirling and details are still being collected as the story out of Texas isn’t a good one. It is also one that we have heard about too many times. Two separate shootings, two more tragedies and let’s hope for all of us, two more reminders that we need change now – more than ever.

34 Comments

  1. Sorry but There Is No Such Thing As “gun violence” – violence is an act committed by a person, the tool used is irrelevant. Using that term is both intellectually lazy and panders to the hoplophobes.
    I’ve been saying for multiple decades that if someone invented a magic ray that instantly vaporized all firearms, ammunition, gun making components and machinery AND the knowledge to make them – we would STILL have violence. Which would probably get even worse since the weak and frail among us would easily be overwhelmed by brute force with no ability to defend ourselves.

  2. I’ve never YET seen a gun, cocked and loaded, turn and shoot someone. But I have seen on the NEWS that a Crazy (usually Leftist) Nutcase shoot someone with a gun. We don’t need “gun control”, but we need “NUTCASE CONTROL” . . . Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  3. Red Flag laws and greater back round checks are only as good as the people preforming them. The sheriff of Broward County, Florida, is a prime example of complete failure of these checks. More gun laws won’t stop someone that is determined to commit mass murder. The two kids that shot up Columbine High School broke over 20 anti gun laws and not one single law stopped them. The biggest problem is a complete erosion of morals which is resulting in a complete disregard for human life. Even if there was a complete outlawing of all guns, the mass violence wouldn’t stop. Tim McVeigh did a mass killing without using a single gun. Deadly explosives can be made from a combination of kitchen cleaners, laundry detergent, barbeque materials, fertilizers, the list goes on and on. A homemade bomb is just as deadly as a maniac with a gun. Unless morality and mental illness are addressed, all efforts to eradicate violent crime are like pissing in the wind.

  4. The left wing progressive liberal socialists don’t care about definitions. Only about achieving their goals at any cost utilizing any means to do so. If mingling a definition helps them, then o be it. “The goal of socialism is communism. Lennin.”

  5. Guns don’t kill people, it is the mental state of the person behind the gun. Any one determined to kill will do it by any means they can get their hands on. “Gun Control” is not the answer, that won’t stop bombs, knives, bats, or just plain fists. We need ‘people control’. We need to use ‘red flags’ not against guns, but against mental illness. We need more easily accessible and more strict mental health care. All of these people who have used guns for mass killings have had some kind of mental health issues, they were determined to kill, and they’d have done it any way possible. “Gun Control” will not stop criminals, they don’t follow laws, they will buy and sell illegal firearms the same as they do illegal drugs. Have drug laws stopped that, or even slowed it down? No, they have not. Regulating the item doesn’t treat the illness of those using the item for the wrong reasons. But it does impair and impede the rights of those people who use them for the right reasons. Mental Illness is the issue here, not guns or drugs themselves, but the mindsets of the people. Stop advancing that corrupt mindset with political and ethnic and ‘social justice’ BS, and just start teaching people right from wrong, personal morals and ethics, and truth. Get help for those with valid mental illness, and stop using political propaganda to create it in other people.

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