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We need a culture change when it comes to guns

Posted: July 28, 2016 4:02 p.m.
Updated: July 29, 2016 2:00 a.m.

So today it’s Munich? Germany has tough gun laws. It also has about 400 firearm deaths per year.

We have about 30,000 deaths per year. Are we really that much larger than Germany?

Let’s talk about Chicago. Close to 2,000 killings last year. The NRA types out there will always point out that Chicago has very tough gun laws, and it’s still murder central.

What they fail to point out is that just a few miles east of Chicago is Gary, Indiana. Indiana has some of the easiest, most lax gun laws in the region.

Firearms are highly portable, and since we don’t have checkpoints at state borders, here in the land of the free and the home of the heavily armed, who’s to know what is in every trunk or glove compartment?

At some point we have to acknowledge that this is not healthy. The Brian Bakers of the world are right when they say that the criminals will always find a way to get a gun.

Where do these guns come from? Guns are one of the most stolen items in burglaries.

However, it should be noted that the man who kills his wife, or the postal employee who blows away his work place, was not a criminal until he started to pull the trigger.

We have a culture that increasingly believes the way to solve almost any problem is with gunfire. The weapon of choice for murder in the USA is not a club, a truck, a knife, or poison. It is the gun.

The question is: "How do we change the culture?" If you want a Second Amendment right that is not bathed in blood of the innocent, we have to change the culture.

Guns were not invented for target practice. Or skeet shooting. They were invented for a way to kill something from a distance without an unwieldy bow and arrow.

They were made to be weapons of war.


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