More Gun Violence

Yesterday, in Houston, Texas, the sound of gunfire once again rang out. Another school shooting. According to the Houston Chronicle, there was some sort of altercation. Within a flash, three people were dead. It has been almost 24 hours. We really don’t have much information. We do know that a suspect has been arrested. That’s about it.

Prominent politicians in Texas have offered prayers. There’s nothing wrong with prayers. To those who believe, prayers are essential. Hopefully, prayers lead to enlightenment and… action.

There are some who believe that there’s simply nothing that can be done, that gun violence is an insurmountable problem. It is part of having a society of 300 million people, part of having a society that is free. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it. I don’t believe that sitting around and saying that guns aren’t the problem is an answer. I don’t believe that we should talk this issue to death before we decide to act. I don’t believe that we have to come up with perfect legislation before we do something to try to curb gun violence.

If your child were running around with a plastic baseball bat and whacking you and others with it, would you wait for the perfect solution or would you act?

Some have pointed to the number of auto-related deaths in the United States as a correlation to gun violence. According to the CDC, over 33,000 Americans died last year secondary to motor vehicle crashes. In order to fix this, we didn’t sit on our hands. Instead, we decided to take action. We decided to limit the number of people who can drive a motor vehicle to those who pass the test and have adequate vision. We’ve decided, over the last 40 years, that we needed to make a number of improvements to cars in order to make them safer. Crumple zones. Safety glass. Three-point restraint safety belts. Safety belts that lock on impact. Airbags. I won’t even mention the huge push against drunk driving. I don’t think that anyone would argue about the fact that cars are safer today than they’ve ever been.

Getting your hands on exact numbers is somewhat difficult, but there somewhere around 30,000 suicides and homicides in the United States every year.

What do you do? In my opinion, inaction is inexcusable. We have to do something. Merely saying that we need to come up with something will not make a difference. Therefore, several things need to be tried. Things that don’t work should be studied and then discarded. Things that do work should be studied and improved.