As you read this column someone in the United States is being shot. By the end of the day, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, 289 Americans will be victims of gunshots, and 86 will die.
According to the FBI, Missouri has one of the worst rates of gun crime in the nation. In 2010, Missouri had the fourth-highest rate of homicides with a firearm in the nation: 5.6 per 100,000 people. Nationally, in 2011, exactly 32,113 lost their lives as a result of a bullet.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reports there are 3.1 million guns registered in the U.S. including 448,000 machine guns.
The NRA, gun manufacturers and other gun lobbyists continue to strike fear into politicians and the American public in that the Second Amendment is under attack and they – whomever “they” are – are coming to take your guns away.
That is a bogus argument, but many concerned citizens are attempting to instill some common sense into the perpetual flammable dialogue.
Webster and big dictionaries describe “common sense” as sound judgment, good judgment. The NRA now has two new “common sense” gun-control opponents to encounter.
Leading the way is 100,000 member Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the “Sandy Hook Promise,” created by citizens of Newtown, Conn., site of last December’s killing of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. They plan gun-control debates focusing on parents’ love for their kids rather than on politics.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense says it’s a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization that educates, motivates, and mobilizes moms and families to take action for stronger gun laws and policies that save lives. Among the things it advocates are background checks for all guns.
The group is already drawing attention. Last week some 40 men, women and children, members of “Open Carry Texas” showed up in Arlington, Texas, armed to the teeth, even with assault weapons, to intimidate the moms guns sense group meeting in a restaurant. The group boasted that they broke up the meeting with their silent intimidation. True patriots one and all.
Moms Demand Action for Guns Sense in America has a Kansas City chapter. Go to http://momsdemandaction.org.
These groups make a lot of sense.
I give you President John Adams’ toast: Independence forever.
Jerry Plantz lives in Lee’s Summit. His website is at www.Jerryplantz.com. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.