Something Must Be Done About Violence In America

Something Must Be Done About Violence In America
Hardy L. Brown. Photo by Benoit Malphettes

Hardy L. Brown. Photo by Benoit Malphettes

This week President Obama decided that he could no longer sit on the sidelines and talk about all of this gun violence in our country without doing something. This is the same dilemma so many of us have witnessed in our communities across America and here in the Inland Empire, especially after the killing of 14 innocent people and 22 injured in a matter of seconds with someone’s borrowed automatic weapons.

It is not only private citizens who are victims of these outlandish shootings because our police officers face these crazy people with guns every day. It was not too long ago that San Bernardino Police Officer Gabriel Garcia was shot while doing his job with a sawed of shot gun that was modified like a assault weapon.

Now I grew up with an abundance of guns in our home and community because they were used for putting food on the table. I was trained by my dad on how to shoot, hunt, and properly use these firearms. I do not own many guns now but I do not want to prevent anyone else from owning one or as many as they can afford or think they need. I stand corrected I do own a Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun for memory’s sake.


I have read what President Obama has proposed which is trying to clear up some of the perceived misunderstandings of current laws on the books. Now in the case of Sandy Hook we had a mother who was the legal owner of the guns that her son used to kill all those children after killing her while she laid in bed.

So what should we do to reduce the opportunity for irresponsible people to own guns with unlimited supplies of ammunition? Arming everyone will only add to unnecessary death in my opinion because in a crisis who will be able to determine who is the good guy when police arrive on the scene.

I do not know what should be done but I believe we should ask our public officials to start discussion groups in our community to seek ideas and solutions for consideration by state and federal lawmakers?

In closing the FBI is seeking information in the San Bernardino terrorist attack. They have interviewed over 500 people and are still trying to account for 18 minutes of the shooters time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on December 2nd. If you can help call 1-800-225-5324.

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