Opinion: Is it people, or guns that kill?

By Madeline Head




 

Over the past couple of days it is safe to say our world, as in one nation, has been turned up side down with an unimaginable feeling of grief and devastation. As a citizen of this wonderful free country, I hope we can respect each other and care for one another during this time.

 

“There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country.”

Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary

 

Richmond, do you think we should have this discussion or is it an inappropriate time? I believe now, as we come together and unite over this horrendous tragedy, is the time to make sure it never happens again.

 

This devastating moment in time is the deadliest shooting in American modern history, which has occurred just only 15 months after the previous most deadly shooting in history. The mass shooting in Orlando left 49 dead and 53 wounded while the Las Vegas shooting left at least 58 dead and at least 500 wounded.

 

When and where do we as a country come together and decide on what course of action to take? Regardless of political views, here are some interesting facts on the National Riffle Association and their political ties.

 

The NRA is a big believer in showing their support through a generous amount of donations on the spending of a diverse set of candidates. The highest endorsed senators are the following:

 

  1. John McCain (Arizona): $7,212,973, NRA Grand Total Contribution
  2. Richard Burr (N.C.): $5,586,922, NRA Grand Total Contribution
  3. Roy Blunt (MO): $3,062,440, NRA Grand Total Contribution
  4. Cory Gardner (CO): $2,708,120, NRA Grand Total Contribution
  5. Thom Tillis (N.C.): $2,447,279, NRA Grand Total Contribution
  6. Barbara, Comstock (VA), NRA Direct Support: $17,850/ NRA Grand Total: $137,232
  7. Bob Goodlatte (VA), NRA Direct Support: $111,550 / NRA Grand Total: $134,176

 

As a concerned citizen, I have to ask readers whether they are too comfortable with our Senators being funded with money from the gun lobby to the point they are paralyzed on regulating gun control? Do they fear if they vote for stricter gun laws, they will lose their funding or their constituents? Why do we continue to allow big business to dictate our laws? Majority of Americans are in favor of stricter gun laws. Why is it then that DC cannot seem to pass a law in favor of stricter gun laws?

 

Richmond, what are your thoughts? Is it people or guns that kill? I would love to hear from you.




 

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