Gun violence has been a huge problem in this country for a long time. There are some critics of the recent push to decrease gun violence who say that gun violence is not the number one priority of the government. As a matter fact, they look at the statistics and say that gun violence is not a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and therefore it should not be receiving the kind of attention that it’s receiving. While I agree that more Americans die of heart disease, lung disease and cancer in the United States every year than die of gun violence, I disagree that gun violence should not be a huge priority of our government.
For the most part, heart disease and lung disease affect the elderly and the middle-aged in the United States. Gun violence, on the other hand, is mostly a disease of teenagers and young adults. The number of productive years lost is huge. When you think of a 15-year-old or a 20-year-old being gunned down, you are losing 40-50 years in which that person could of been a productive member of society.
As a matter fact, I think it is important for us to focus on more than one thing at the same time. I think it’s possible for us to focus on decreasing gun violence as well as increasing jobs in the United States. I think it is possible for us to focus on decreasing gun violence as well as fixing our ridiculous immigration policies. I know it is possible for us to focus on more than one thing.
Finally, as an example of how screwed up our policies are on gun control, a young man decided to make a point by walking into his local grocery store with a loaded AR 15. He was just trying to make a point. Of course, the local police were dispatched. The individual was questioned. He was then released because he was legally able to own the gun. He was simply trying to “express his Second Amendment rights.” Really? Yes, I will say it, you do have the right to carry a non-concealed weapon in most states as long as you are a “responsible adult” and you have a permit for the weapon. But, does that mean we should all carry semi-automatic weapons to the grocery store? If we were all to carry semi-automatic weapons to the grocery store, would we be safer? Is that the kind of society we want to live in? What are your priorities?