Accepting the Murder of Innocent Children in Mass Shootings | Janice Ellis, Ph.D.
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Accepting the Murder of Innocent Children in Mass Shootings

accepting the murder of innocent children in mass shootings

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Standing by and accepting the murder of innocent children in mass shootings, and not taking steps to stop it, is an indication that our society is in real trouble. Is that where we are headed? Whether such atrocities occur at the hands of a mentally deranged gunman or one who harbors racial, religious or ideological hatred, they have one thing in common: access to semi-automatic guns, whether they are qualified to have them or not.

Policy makers, gun enthusiasts, and we ordinary but empowered citizens seem to be accepting the murder of innocent children in mass shootings as the “new normal” in America.  From the Sandy Hook shooting that took the lives of twenty children to the shooting in Sutherland Springs, which took the lives of eight children and critically wounded others, it seems not to be enough to address America’s gun problem.

How many more random mass killings with semi-automatic or retrofitted automatic guns will it take for the President and Congress to pass reasonable legislation to address the access and availability of military-caliber weapons that can be easily obtained by those who will go out and kill innocent people at will?

What will it take to stop policymakers from hiding behind the Second Amendment? What will it take to stop them from caving to the powerful gun lobby? No one is interested in denying the rights of citizens to bear arms to protect their homes, their person, and their families. But what kind of arms, guns, are necessary? Military style semi-automatic guns?

Guns and the right to have them are and have always been a part of America’s history. The need to have them has been increasing at a feverish pace, bordering on obsession and giving a false sense of security and power. But, it takes only one bullet to take one life.

I have a gun. You have a gun. Everybody has a gun. Who is secure? Who is powerful?

With gun access being out of control, craze men are able to get guns that they should not have. After the initial shock of human carnage, we are accepting the murder of innocent children in mass shootings. It is happening all too frequently.

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Accepting the Murder of Innocent Children in Mass Shootings. Photo Credit: nydailynews.com

In the meantime, many policymakers who are in a position to implement policies to ban or better regulate access to such deadly guns pretend that America does not have a gun problem.

Are we really willing to continue accepting the murder of innocent children in mass shootings as the “new normal” of American life? If we fail to do something, we are on a slippery slope.

Does it mean that those children, and many other children who are likely to fall victim to a crazed gunman, are not entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

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Accepting the Murder of Innocent Children in Mass Shootings
Janice Ellis
Janice Ellis

Janice S. Ellis, PhD, author, has written a column for newspapers, radio, and now online, where she analyzes educational, political, social and economic issues across race, ethnicity, age and socio-economic status. You can see her writings on this website under the headings of “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” and “Above & Beyond Race.”
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1 Comment

  1. Dave Proctor says:

    Ms. Ellis,

    I am a retired LEO and have seen many shootings in my career.

    The type of weapons you speak of have been commercially available to the public for many years in even larger calibers than the AR-15. Hunting rifles in particular.They simply have smaller magazines. If large capacity magazines are banned one simply needs to purchase more small ones.

    You spoke of improving the process that determines who should be able to obtain these types of weapons.

    If you recall, Adam Lanza first murdered his mother and then used her legally purchased firearm to commit the mass murder of the students and 6 teachers at Sandy hook. The purchase was not the problem.

    The rampant violence in Chicago is committed with more handguns than any other weapon. It is illegal to posses fully automatic weapons without the proper license from the federal government but they are out there none the less.

    There are no reasonable ways to control who gets their hands on any kind of firearm in this country. Prior to the AR style rifles being sold to the public thousands of military weapons were stolen from armorys and sold on the streets.

    Sadly this is the world we live in. People have lost sight of things like morals, respect for others and the value of human life. As a high school student in Texas in the 70’s, rifles were hung on a rack in plain view in vehicles in the school parking lot. Nobody thought of stealing them let alone shooting someone.

    Long story short the generations have not progressed in this area but have gone backward a few centuries when killing was common place.

    Restricting types of weapons or magazine capacity will not stop or slow the killing.

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