The most recent mass shooting (there have been over 350 just this year) in America was close to home for me. One of the victims lived in my community. The town where the shooting took place, along with the town where the shooters lived, are places where I do most of my non-grocery shopping. I have family and friends in both towns. If a mass shooting can happen here, it can happen anywhere.
Whether the shooters were terrorists or not doesn't really matter. Their religion and ethnicity, how or where they were raised, are all unimportant. What is important is that in America, if you can pay for a gun you can own it...even if you're on the Terrorist Watch List or the No Fly List. The day after the San Bernardino shooting, republicans in Congress voted down a bill that would have made the sale of guns to the people on both lists illegal. The population of America is one fifth of the world total population, yet Americans own 40 percent of the world total of guns. How crazy is that?
These republican congress members, and other republican politicians, are so quick to say that they're the ones who will keep America safe. They're so quick to say that they'll keep the families of victims of crime in their "thoughts and prayers."
Thoughts and prayers are nice, but they're not enough, and republicans' votes in Congress proved that they're not interested at all in keeping Americans safe from gun violence. They don't care how many die, as long as they keep the NRA happy. Because a happy NRA means money, big money, in their pockets.
My country is sick, and as long as there are people like this in power, it will just get sicker.
Rock Lake, Algonquin Park
2 hours ago