Sure, it’s been a while since I talked about gun violence in America but you know there has been another one and it’s yet another mass shooting. As Pope Francis said in Amoris Laetitia “The lack of historical memory is a serious shortcoming in our society. A mentality that can only say, “Then was then, now is now”, is ultimately immature. Knowing and judging past events is the only way to build a meaningful future. Memory is necessary for growth.” We need to remember the violence and not forget about it in a couple of weeks. The latest was an act of terror against the LGBT community as well. As this guy went to a night club with an assault rifle and a glock and opened fire killing and injuring 103 people. Earlier this month President Obama in a PBS NewsHour Town Hall event talked about guns and gun control. If you have the time watch it, he stressed background checks and safety regulations on guns. Will this yet again fall on the deaf ears on congress or will they try to get some common sense gun reform laws passed. Sure the US had an Assault Weapons ban for a decade but it ended in 2004. Could the ban have prevented the attack, I doubt it but it might have drastically limited the scope of the attack.
There is the UN Arms Trade Treaty that seems like a common sense treaty as it would help keep arms out of the hands of the wrong people. It doesn’t do anything to the Second Amendment as it is only a treaty on international arms trade. The US needs to sign this treaty and then work on some things for the nation as well. The first thing that would help is if the CDC could look at gun violence like it does with motor vehicles. Then get weapons of war out of consumer hands, no person needs to have an assault rifle to be safe. This could be followed by some type of licensing for the use of guns, where safety is stressed. All of these ideas are pretty simple and should be easy for Politicians to see that guns are a problem and need to be looked at.
Lin-Manuel Miranda recognized this in the tragedy in his acceptance speech at the Tony Awards in which he said while reading a sonnet he wrote “When senseless acts of tragedy remind us/That nothing here is promised, not one day./This show is proof that history remembers/We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;/ We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer/ And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.” Also in his acceptance speech, Frank Langella said “I found some words that will mean more to you than a list of names, When something bad happens we have three choices: we let it define us, we let it destroy us, or we let it strengthen us.” Let us all stay strong after the latest horrific tragedy and let us do something about it finally. One of the way to combat this violence is with love it is something that we all can give and doesn’t cost us a thing. We all need to care about one another no matter who they are or who they love. For we are all need to remember the words of Martin Luther King Jr. ” I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn’t popular to talk about it in some circles today. And I’m not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love; I’m talking about a strong, demanding love… and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love.”