In case nothing jumped off the page while you were scanning Google News today, there was another mass shooting in the U.S. This time in Oregon, a state known for it’s liberal tendencies.
I know, nothing new or interesting here. Shootings in America have become so commonplace, so old hat, so expected, they’re receiving the same media treatment experienced by every space mission after 1969.
“Pfft, another re-run?”
The Columbine shooting ushered in a new era in American history—one that would be defined by questions, and virtually no answers. Whether it be CNN, MSNBC, BBC News or even the pseudo-news outlet of Fox News, the reports are essentially the same.
America will wake up to another series of ‘concerned’ panelists that are asked another series of questions on any one of the country’s major broadcasting networks. These academics, public figures and pro/anti gun activists will attempt to answer both the psychological and social factors that played into this particular shooting…and the only beneficiary will be the network directors who praise The Lord Above for a great news day.
But this isn’t a discussion about religion. Let’s praise Chris Mintz for his bravery and get on with the discussion.
After listening to President Obama’s response to the Oregon shootings, the obvious frustration repeatedly experienced by the White House is becoming increasingly potent. I’m not one to buy into Presidential addresses—as politicians are actors being fed lines by a team of highly skilled crisis managers—but I admire Barack’s attempt to leave a legacy with this climactic speech.
You can watch it here.
Instead of accusing the shooter, Obama states that current gun laws were responsible for this recent tragedy. Essentially, the commander-in-chief spent these 12 minutes criticizing the Congressional gridlock that prohibits any meaningful change in American gun legislation.
After the Newton shooting in late 2012, a massive push for banning guns altogether in the U.S. was reignited after years of dormancy. At the time, I admired the movement’s idealism but disagreed with its effectiveness.
My argument: banning guns in the US would create a massive weapons industry black market. In essence: there’d be no good guys with guns to cancel out the bad ones.
But the 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook might’ve proved me wrong.
Which brings us back to the Oregon shooting.
- I agree that Americans MUST be screened extensively before purchasing a weapon.
- I believe the Federal government CAN improve the situation through meaningful legislative change.
- I DON’T believe that more guns are the answer.
- High-calibre assault weapons SHOULD NOT be available to the public.
- And, no. Violent video games aren’t responsible.
But what can be done today to improve this situation?
A huge segment of America defies anyone that threatens to strip them of the right to bare arms. There’s a North-South split on this issue that harkens whispers of the American Revolution. The South LOVES their guns more than life itself (sorry for the generalization but it’s not a stretch), and a large portion of the North struggles to believe that an America without guns is safe for their children.
And for good reason.
Regardless, America’s leaders will get back to a more pressing issue after the dust clears later this week: oil wars half a world away.
(Insert witty and equally thought-provoking sign off here)