EDITORIAL: Of course it’s the guns that lead to US massacres and rampant shootings

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Nothing matters today for dozens of parents, friends and families of the children and staff massacred or terrorized Tuesday at their school in Uvalde, Texas.

Soaring gas prices, Trump’s Big Lie, COVID-19 infection rates don’t matter today. Mattering least of all are the meaningless, hollow and cruel offerings of “thoughts and prayers” from political leaders who tout their five-star rating from the National Rifle Association for working to undermine gun-control laws that might have saved lives in Uvalde, and all over the nation.

The Uvalde victims of this week’s gun massacre join the millions and millions of other parents and children terrorized every day by the thought of being inside the next school, the next classroom chosen by a shooter with a gun on mission to kill.

Nothing matters today for the families who suffered similar aching losses that have previously struck Aurora, Littleton, Boulder, Highlands Ranch, Bailey and Arapahoe County.

Each time someone guns down people in a store, a school, a theater or even a town square, past victims and families are terrorized again, along with the rest of us.

These past surviving massacre victims and their families remember back to the “thoughts and prayers” they, too, received from people like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a long, list of sordid fellow Republicans and Democrats alike who offered nothing else to stem the plague of gun violence in the nation.

Instead, the nation has for years been awash in political leaders who gaslight the nation by insisting that it’s not the guns.

Only liars and fools hold onto that trembling thread of nonsense.

Of course it’s the guns. 

It’s the guns, the lack of mental health care, the lack of education, the poverty and our national obsession with violence. But more than anything, the easy access and promotion of handguns, assault rifles, tactical gear and more are what have led to the shooting of more than 117,000 Americans each year and become the leading cause of death among children and teens in the country.

Facts compiled by Brady United from the Centers for Disease Control reveal just how much it is the guns in this country:

Every day, 321 people are shot in the United States. Among those:

• 111 people die from their gunshot wounds

• 210 survive gunshot injuries

• 95 are intentionally shot by someone else and survive

• 42 are murdered

• 65 die from gun suicide

• 10 survive their suicide attempt

• 1 is killed unintentionally

• 90 are shot unintentionally and survive

It’s the guns that are killing us from an industry that makes billions promoting a misguided rewriting of history, implying that founding fathers of the nation somehow supported our right to murder each other by the tens of thousands each year.

All of the survivors of gun violence, and the friends and families of those who were slaughtered, do not care about the deceitful and irrelevant excuses offered by craven political leaders who care only about gaining power, remaining in power by appeasing the minority of Americans who believe guns are not a problem and the gun industries that prop up these soulless “leaders.”

The only thing preventing the nation from escaping endless shootings and massacres is signaling that those who refuse to act against the gun industry to protect Americans will be removed at the ballot box from power.

It means people who normally sit out the trouble it takes to vote or who shrug their shoulders when confronted with pro-gun-industry propaganda and lies can no longer stand on the sidelines.

Few things are as certain in this world as the absolute guarantee that if a majority of American voters push back against elected leaders refusing to budge on gun control, gun control will come swiftly and widely.

But until those who refuse to succumb to our national fate as withering victims of gun massacres and violence become the majority on Election Day, the gun industry, their lobbyists, their bullies and their lackeys will continue to offer thoughts and prayers to the tens of thousands of shooting victims they do nothing for each year.

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Don
Don
1 month ago

Murder isn’t a right, no matter the weapon used, but I don’t expect anything but a perverted view from someone like Dave. No one anywhere is implying that, except in Dave’s twisted, distorted view of reality. Self-preservation and self-defense is a right though and guns are used to preserve and save more lives than they take. Were the auto makers complicit and responsible when the black supremacist drove through a parade? The positions on abortions and guns are pretty much the same, each side wants a complete ban so any step towards that is fiercely resisted. There will never be compromise when the understood goal is total abolition. An “assault weapon” ban is step 1, and when the numbers only drop by 400 a year, then it will be all semi-automatic guns, then it will be all revolvers, and so on until we reach peak idiocy and start licensing knifes and banning sharp pointed objects. No gun control measure except confiscation would have stopped this. Lefty lunatics like Dave know that, and that is exactly what they want.

GeneD
GeneD
1 month ago
Reply to  Don

What a cruel and mistaken rant. There are over 40,000 gun deaths a year and twice as many maimings. The instances of people using a gun to ‘preserve and save(s) lives’ numbers, maybe in the teens. I’m having trouble finding your point; are you in favor of doing nothing to stop this ongoing epidemic of gun violence?

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
1 month ago
Reply to  GeneD

There are over twice as many people killed by alcohol-related causes as by firearms, but I don’t see you calling for more restrictions on that, Gene. Are you in favor of doing nothing to stop this ongoing epidemic of alcohol-related death?

Joe Felice
Joe Felice
1 month ago

There are plenty of restrictions on alcohol and drinking. Your argument is fallacious.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

There’s plenty of restrictions on firearms, too–at both the federal and state levels. I’m all in favor of common-sense background checks on all alcohol purchases as a compromise to whatever additional gun restrictions you want to impose.

GeneD
GeneD
1 month ago

;Alcohol related causes’? What are you talking about? What’s your source? Are you saying that one type of death is more acceptable?

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
1 month ago
Reply to  GeneD

What’s your source?”

Ever hear of the CDC?

“Are you saying that one type of death is more acceptable?”

Are you?

GeneD
GeneD
30 days ago

I don’t know what ‘alcohol related causes’ of deaths means, and I’d be curious to know what the CDC would include under that heading if it exists.

I do know that gun deaths are the leading cause of death for youth under age 18, and that there are more than 40,000 deaths from improper use of firearms, and twice that number of maimings from gunfire every year.

I also know that, on average, a person murdered by a firearm leaves behind at least 7 family members and friends, whose lives will never be the same.

I guess I’m just missing your point. Is this ongoing slaughter acceptable to you?

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
30 days ago
Reply to  GeneD

I don’t know what ‘alcohol related causes’ of deaths means, and I’d be curious to know what the CDC would include under that heading if it exists.”

You have a whole internet at your fingertips, so why don’t you look it up?

“I do know that gun deaths are the leading cause of death for youth under age 18, and that there are more than 40,000 deaths from improper use of firearms, and twice that number of maimings from gunfire every year.”

And I know that you’re just as likely to die in a drunk driving wreck as you are to be killed by a firearm. And once again, you’re including suicides in that figure.

I also know that, on average, a person murdered by a firearm leaves behind at least 7 family members and friends, whose lives will never be the same.”

So, the same number as someone killed in a drunk driving death.

“I guess I’m just missing your point. Is this ongoing slaughter acceptable to you?”:

The point is that you get in a lather about one thing, but not the other. Is all the people who die from alcohol-related causes acceptable to you? If not, why won’t you accept further restrictions on their purchase?

DICK MOORE
1 month ago

Of course it is not the guns that fire themselves but the people who fire the guns. You have now heard this for the mega gazillionth time and not only from the NRA.

Re read your rant and right after you state “it’s the guns”, twice in a row, you state four real reasons that all point to people problems. It’s harder to rant and fix those problems. My take is it’s a lack of parenting leading to a lack of morality in our youth who do not seem to understand their or anyone else’s right to live.

Seems to me over the years it’s been very young adults who do almost all the mass killing. Say 17 to 21 years old. Start with that fact instead of the guns to begin to solve the problem. Many US Citizens, since Columbine, have tried to blame guns. That blame has gone nowhere for over 20 years, so it’s easy to assume that the general public is not buying that concept. Try something else, please. Blaming the guns again will be an exercise in futility.

Jeff Ryan
Jeff Ryan
1 month ago
Reply to  DICK MOORE

“…it’s easy to assume that the general public is not buying that concept”. Actually, a longstanding majority of American are in favor of gun control. Surveys show that repeatedly. No need to “assume”.

The Republicans, the gun lobby, and the gun makers will not let that happen. The GOP, really a death cult more than a political party, stuffs its face with campaign contributions and political threats.

The anti-democratic institution called the United States Senate, controlled by people who overall received far fewer votes than their opposition, has a death grip on power. Want to know why there is no gun control? Look no further than Mitch McConnell and his merry band.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Ryan

Maybe if your side had any credibility when it said “we don’t want to take your guns,” you might actually make progress, Jeff. As it stands anyway, all the laws passed in Colorado since Columbine didn’t do what their proponents said they would when those laws were passed. That’s destroyed your credibility, too.

GeneD
GeneD
1 month ago

There has not been a single legislative proposal, let alone law, to take away anyone’s gun. That’s from the fear-based talking points of the NRA/GOP. Although, doing what Australia did following their last mass murder by assault weapon seems like a good idea to me.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
1 month ago
Reply to  GeneD

“There has not been a single legislative proposal, let alone law, to take away anyone’s gun.”

Nice weasel-wording. As I clearly recall, the current Democratic candidate for governor in Texas was quite vocally in favor of it during the 2020 election season.

Last edited 1 month ago by Factory Working Orphan
Joe Felice
Joe Felice
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Ryan

Except that they aren’t “merry.” Have you seen them? They are mean and angry, and they don’t like the people. We are an inconvenient obstruction.

GeneD
GeneD
1 month ago
Reply to  DICK MOORE

I think the demographics confirm one of your points, Dick: it is mostly young adults who carry out these mass murders. It is also true that death by firearm is the leading cause of youth 18 years or younger.

There should be a comprehensive approach to reducing gun violence, focusing on prevention. But it is also true that the weapon of choice of the murderers since Sandy Hook is a weapon designed for the battlefield, not for sport shooting or for slaughtering elementary aged children.

Oh, and the majority of Americans favor reasonable gun violence reduction measures, including banning assault weapons.

Remember in November.

Joe Felice
Joe Felice
1 month ago
Reply to  GeneD

By November, all of this will be forgotten.

Good Citizen
Good Citizen
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

Agreed

Good Citizen
Good Citizen
1 month ago
Reply to  DICK MOORE

We can agree. Guns aren’t the problem. You, I and your neighbors, regardless of color or creed, are deluded scum that would pull out Granma’s gold teeth if someone held her head. Violence and stupidity are our masters. From the hypocrite conservative like yourself to the provider of bs on the left. We will do anything for a dollar, including selling the lives of children both with a gun and at the hands of an abortionist. Pontificating morons like yourself wave the flag while your counterparts on the left sell a world that has never existed and will never exist. You march in step with your fellow Americans, ugly, dumb and convinced that you are God’s gift to the world. Do the world favor, dig youself a hole and get buried.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
1 month ago
Reply to  Good Citizen

“Do the world favor, dig yourself a hole and get buried.”

Take your own advice, you “BOF SYDEZ”-spouting cretin, since you’re admitting that you’re part of the problem.

Last edited 1 month ago by Factory Working Orphan
Good Citizen
Good Citizen
1 month ago

I will and so will you. Egotistical morons like youself will be dead and buried along the side of every evil fool that every existed. No one will be spared the indignity of knowing the earth will shake us off like so many fleas. In fact, you and I are already dead, because of our hate, greed and stupidity. You just don’t knowm it.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
1 month ago
Reply to  Good Citizen

Okay, Zoomer.

Joe Felice
Joe Felice
1 month ago

Actually we are all part of the problem. We allowed this to happen and continue to do so. We argue while nothing gets done and then blame each other while no problem gets solved, but many get rich.

I knew America was going to be in trouble back in the ’50s, when the NRA started its campaign to make sure that every American had a gun (or, even better, 20). I knew this campaign would lead to exactly what we have today. Alas, we have made our bed. . .

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

Your complaints about “divisiveness” ring hollower than a rotted-out redwood.

DICK MOORE
1 month ago
Reply to  Good Citizen

Too much hate there for a Good Citizen. I suppose other citizens of Aurora that comment here see your extreme hatred also.

Good Citizen
Good Citizen
1 month ago
Reply to  DICK MOORE

Dick:
Do you always whine or only when you eat cheese?

DICK MOORE
1 month ago
Reply to  Good Citizen

Do us a favor, Good Citizen, and tell us how old you are. All your comments over time lead me to think that you are a teenager with not much to offer except nonsense and/or hatred.

Good Citizen
Good Citizen
30 days ago
Reply to  DICK MOORE

Dick;
People have been doing you favors your whole life. A period on the goverment dole and then decades sitting on your behind as a desk jockey. Any one wth a good sense of smell can sniff out a hypocritical mouse like youself, it doesn’t require a specific age. But as sure as the sun will set today, you and I will be yesterdays news and no one will know that either us ever existed. Get over yourself and stop crying.

Joe Felice
Joe Felice
1 month ago
Reply to  DICK MOORE

So if we have improper parenting, lack of morality, poor education, anger and hatred (or any of the numerous issues plaguing America), do we just put weapons into those people’s hands? There’s no question that we are a sick society. So it’s not the guns that are blamed. It is a sick society with those guns.

Good Citizen
Good Citizen
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

Don’t worry. In ten thousand years, not one will know that we ever existed.

GeneD
GeneD
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

Just about any country has those same issues, but we are the only ones with the epidemic of firearm deaths and maimings. Why? Simple math: more guns = more deaths from guns.

BlueBird
1 month ago

Starting today, anyone who uses or shows or possesses a gun while engaging in criminal activity should be jailed for many years.

Joe Felice
Joe Felice
1 month ago

Of course, guns don’t kill anyone on their own. But in the hands of some people, they become lethal. Since Americans are so angry and hateful, most probably shouldn’t have guns, but they do, and those guns will be used when those people take a notion. The fact remains that if they didn’t have guns, the murders would not have occurred, and innocent people would still be with us to carry on with their lives.

The irony of expressing opinions such as this one by the Sentinel is that it will serve to make people more fearful which can only lead to more guns and more shootings. That’s the reason most people got their weapons in the first place.

We are all potential victims and are left to wonder when our turn will come.

john wilson
john wilson
1 month ago

Silly analogy. Guns were more prevalent at schools prior to 1975, I even used to bring a rifle for target practice inside the high school building for ROTC. Mass shootings were extremely rare. Why? I suspect the guilt lies squarely on the Democrat party that has created a massive mental illness problem for people today. Between all the dysfunctional types of requirements on speech, actions, tolerance, acceptance, phobias, hate, beliefs, etc , along with attacking Police, Law and order, decency, etc, that the Democrats have put on society, there is no wonder why we are seeing this mental illnesses respond in shooting. Guns have never been the problem, todays genderfied muzzled people are.

GeneD
GeneD
1 month ago
Reply to  john wilson

Yeah, and what about dryer lint, halitosis, and the shrink-wrapping on those cds in the 90s? And the weather! And global warming! Damn those Dems!

Meanwhile in the real world: which has been the only party to consistently bring forward sensible legislation to reduce gun violence? Hint: it’s not the ReTrumplicants. They are the party so beholden to enriching gun manufacturers and getting contributions from the NRA that they have blocked every attempt to deal with our epidemic of gun deaths and maimings for the past 40 years.

Oh, they love the child in the womb, but not in the classroom. They decided 10 years ago that it’s okay to slaughter elementary school age kids with weapons designed for battlefield use.

Remember in November.

GeneD
GeneD
1 month ago
Reply to  john wilson

Guns, not weapons designed for warfare. Same mistake the right wingnuts use when quoting the Framers who were dealing with muskets and muzzle loaders, instead of assault weapons.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
30 days ago
Reply to  GeneD

More people are killed by someone using a handgun, not an “assault rifle.”

Dennis
Dennis
1 month ago

Golly gee, I for one don’t want Dave Perry to ever have a gun, too much hatred and fear in his heart but very very little of anything in his brain. I have heard the same emotional tripe for decades. The words, knee jerk, come to mind with the emphasis on jerk. I believe it is a moral and ethical obligation to be able to protect oneself and family,until a better way comes around I think owning but not necessarily using a gun is invaluable.
I am extremely sorry that mentally hampered people do these obscene things but it’s people using inanimate objects that are to fault. Thousands were killed by machetes in Rwanda, are you suggesting the machetes or guns take over the minds of people and force them to kill or could it be bizzare and ugly ugly human nature?

Good Citizen
Good Citizen
1 month ago
Reply to  Dennis

Agreed. Humans enjoy killing other humans. The techniques aren’t relevant.

GeneD
GeneD
1 month ago
Reply to  Dennis

Comparing atrocities in Rwanda with the epidemic of gun violence in America is a false equivalence and a real stretch for the ‘whataboutism’ tactic. We have over 40,000 gun deaths a year, and almost twice that many gunshot maimings. Every Year.

We have lost more people to the improper use of firearms than we have lost to all the wars that we have been engaged in,

Dennis
Dennis
1 month ago
Reply to  GeneD

Sorry you missed the point which is inanimate objects have no capability on their own to do anything until a human decided to utilize it. The problem is human behaviour that is as old as Cain and Abel.

WrestlingMom
WrestlingMom
1 month ago

If you think that blaming the guns for all the deaths you are nuts. That is like blaming the fork or spoon for people being obese. I went to high school in AZ and almost every boy who had a truck had gun racks in the window with their rifle or shotgun hanging there. We had no issues and there were guns on campus. So maybe we need to start working on the real issue and that is teaching respect and coping skills. People, especially youth, today do not know how to cope with not being the most popular, or the prettiest, the smartest, the richest, etc… Maybe we need to stop coddling them and teach them that there are winners and losers in life and things aren’t always fair. Stop blaming the inanimate object and start grooming people with thicker skin.

Good Citizen
Good Citizen
1 month ago
Reply to  WrestlingMom

Agreed. People enjoy murder. The technique isn’t relevant.

Romeo
Romeo
1 month ago

It seems to me that while many Americans can properly and responsibly own firearms, a large enough minority lack the responsibility, maturity and emotional control to have a firearm in their possession. This small group needs to be prevented from owning or possessing firearms for the health and safety of both themselves and all individuals around them. Is it fair for responsible Americans to undergo a blanket firearm restriction to keep firearms out of the hands of a few? Perhaps not. However, it is the right thing to do. We live in a society. The safety of our fellow Americans matters more than our (poorly defined) second amendment rights. The more weapons (firearms) out on the street, the higher the chance of further firearm violence.

I do not expect my words to change any one’s mind due to the emotionally charged nature of such a topic, but it is high time we take action to prioritize American lives before firearms. We are a laughingstock of the developed world. Even worse than that, if the current status quo remains, there will undoubtedly be hundreds, thousands, more victims of firearm violence in America in the future that could have been prevented.

God bless the United States of America. We certainly need it.