Neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney broached the subject of gun control in the October 3, presidential debate. Gun control advocates across the country took notice and many let their disappointment be known. One such person was Stephen Barton who was one of the victims in the
movie theatre massacre. Barton, who is from Aurora, Colo. Brooklyn, was hit with 25 shotgun pellets and is suffering nerve damage. However, Barton says he won’t give up.
|Columbine shooters Eric Harris|
and Dylan Klebold
It didn’t, and, at least, this could have added some zip to Obama’s hollow performance. Sorry, Mr. President, it was sorely lacking and some are saying it could put Mitt Romney ahead to stay. I think not! Whatever went on in your head that night has thoroughly confused many progressives, but we all know it was not the true Barack Obama. But the fact remains that both you and Romney refuse to address the enormity of the problems of firearms in the
. United States
And of course there is more. On the streets of
each day 84 people are killed by guns, 603 weekly and 2,612 monthly, numbers that should drive any civilized government to regulate the source of the problem. Like America Canada and , where steps have been taken to control this kind of individual and mass bloodshed due to firearms. Recently a Australia court let stand a law requiring the registration of even long guns along with the current handgun law. Quebec
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed strictly banning assault weapons and
lawmakers want broad legislation to limit weapons purchases. On the other hand Dem. Majority Leader Harry Reid says that body is to busy to debate gun control this year with no promises for next year. It is simply astonishing to me that our Congress is too busy to do something about the death of 84 innocent victims a day from guns, many illegal. I guess the question is what will it take? New York
Doctors have even weighed in on the issue, asking the question, “Is a gun like a virus, a car, tobacco or alcohol?” They say YES and want to approach gun violence as a social disease. “What we need, they say, is a public health approach to the problem, like the highway safety measures, product changes and driving laws that slashed deaths from car crashes decades ago, even as the number of vehicles on the road rose,” according to the Associated Press.
|VA Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho|
Mass shootings don’t seem to be on the rise but the accounting of the number of dead and wounded by police agencies for these incidents aren’t always reported immediately, sometime not for a year. Emergency medicine professor Dr. Garen Wintemute of the
said, "The greater toll is not from these clusters but from endemic violence, the stuff that occurs every day and doesn't make the headlines.” Like those 84 deaths reported by the CDC. U. of Calif. Davis
And finally, there’s Paul Ryan. His Vice Presidential candidacy is enough to make any serious gun control advocate throw up. Actually, any progressive for that matter. Example: Re. guns, in 1999 he voted against more stringent background checks for people buying at gun shows. And in 2011 he voted for the bill that, if you have a concealed carry permit in one state, you would be able to carry your weapon concealed in any state.