I have written too many times about guns after innocent people have been killed by a lone crazed gunman. We are the only civilized country in the world that is killing each other because of access to guns. I understand we come from a culture where people brought up their families in areas far from others and having a gun was protection. I understand that those guns were also used to kill for their meal. I also understand today that only 3% of people in this country own a gun and in some states almost anyone can buy a gun easier than buying alcohol. I don’t know the answer on how to separate the two but certainly Australia has figured it out as there has not been one mass shooting since they enacted an extremely strict law back in 1996.
What I do know is that the only reason we continue to see mass killings from one person with a gun in their hand or stupid killing in homes when a child finds a gun is in many ways similar to our opiate crisis. It is about greed, cash and money in politicians pockets. I know many non-profits and ventures funds who will not take cash from the Sackler family because that money to them is blood money. All of those organizations who refused that cash are fine without it. Why our politicians don’t have the wherewithal aka the guts to say no to NRA money is beyond me. It speaks clearly to why we have an incompetent group running the White House and weak leaders in the House and Senate who can’t get anything done. We got here through lobbyists who have put money into those hands to get their agendas passed and our elected officials have happily taken it. The NRA’s agenda is to make money not keep anyone safe just as the Sackler’s agenda is to sell and market legalized heroin so that the purchases of more drugs continue and keep their pockets full of cash. It is vile and it speaks to the sad state of affairs of our country.
No parent should have to worry about their kid going to school. No person should have to worry that if they are in pain that the drug that they take to get through it will send them down an life of addiction. This is not what our country should be about. The saddest part of all of this, is that nobody in our Government will change a thing and we will continue to have mass killings in normal everyday places, we will continue to have an explosive opiate crisis and we will be having this same conversation over and over again. Keep in mind that today opiates are killing more people than guns. The only thing we can do is vote against politicians who take money from the NRA and others who are making America a place where we are killing each other for the sake of money. Remember that recently Paul Ryan was given $500K from the Koch family after he passed the tax plan.
Sad for all of us.