Sunday, April 22, 2007

There Should be Outrage

I haven't really waded in on the whole guns and freedom whirlwind that is circling the Virginia Tech tragedy. But the reality is that there is an elephant in the room and it shouldn’t be ignored.

I basically don't have a problem with hunting and owning guns and therefore don’t want to ban guns entirely. However there is a lot to agree with in Elayne Boosler’s furious rant over at The Huffington Post. I don't agree with it completely but you cannot ignore the facts. You have to ask yourself why the media isn't presenting the entire picture of the gun question. Yes, we know a bunch of innocent people were gunned down by a mentally ill kid but what does it mean in context with America's love affair of guns and killing?

The number of children under the age of 17 shot by guns in America every year is greater than the gun-related deaths of children in all the industrialized nations of the world COMBINED.


3,300 Americans have died in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last four years. 120,000 Americans have been shot to death in America in the last four years. Where is the outrage? If we can elect a new congress based on its commitment to end the war overseas, we can elect a congress committed to end the war here at home. End both wars.

To highlight the hypocrisy of the situation Boosler concludes her piece up by noting the idiocy when the President responds to the Supreme Court decision that refuses women a medical procedure even when it may be life-saving.

“Today’s decision affirms that the Constitution does not stand in the way of the people’s representatives enacting laws reflecting the compassion and humanity of America. This affirms the progress my administration has made to defend the “sanctity of life”.

I encourage you to read Ms. Boosler's piece at Huffpo. You don't have to agree with her every point but you should ask yourself some serious questions about the whole gun ownership thing in this country.

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