During the Vegas shooting of Sunday last week, a man received this text from his wife.
I love you
I’ve been shot
I love you so much
A heart breaking reality hit for the victims of the shooting. Luckily, she is not among the unfortunate 59 Americans killed that night.
However, she is among the 500 Americans who were hospitalised.
I stress that they are Americans, because these victims are the citizens of the only country in the world that can’t admit it has a gun problem.
The logical and ethical response to a disaster like this would be to tighten and enforce gun laws but of course that’s not what happened.
The CDC – Centres for Disease Control and Prevention – has been trying to prevent gun violence for the last 20 years with little to no progress.
This is mainly because the NRA (National Rifle Association) lobbied congress to put restrictions on the CDC promoting or advocating gun control.
Gun violence research funding has also gone down 96% since 1996, with a cut from $5.6bn to $100,000.
To add insult to injury, congress is to introduce a new bill which would force states to recognize permits allowing residents to carry concealed weapons.
This bill, including one with a silencer provision, may come up for a vote as soon as in the next few days.
When asked about the shooting, President Trump responded – or avoided responding – by saying “we are not going to talk about that.”
Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded by saying “I think it’s premature to be discussing legislative solutions if there are any.”
This is the problem with these responses. It’s not too soon to be talking about gun laws – it’s too late.
It’s too late for those in Vegas, and Orlando, and Roseburg, and Navy Yard and Sandy Hook Elementary School to name only a few. Delaying action is more blood on the American government’s hands.