Opinion Matters: 5-18-18

Number 22. At what point do we grow tired of saying and hearing, “My thoughts and prayers are with you…”? Especially when we have the capacity to provide a solution to the problem. At this point, I feel the need to express my frustration over the lack of action from the government concerning the mass shootings in America. 22 school shootings in 2018 alone. Not minimizing the importance of the lives lost in other mass shootings, but taking the lives of these young people should prick our conscience at some point. At least enough to move the lawmakers into action.

If we added all of the other lives taken by gun violence, the entire nation should be completely outraged. When we place the value of our political agendas above that of the global community, then we have proven that we have lost our way. The conversation to the proponents of the 2nd Amendment should be centered upon the fact that no one is attempting to revoke their right to bear arms. But this conversation becomes difficult when the leader of the free world refuses to push back and address the reality of our current condition.

At what point does American lawmakers say, “Enough is enough…”?

This conversation is not to remove their rights, but to establish some regulatory measures to ensure that there are no recurrences of these types of crises. We understand that regulatory measures will not completely eliminate the threat of recurrence, but it can help to reduce it. In addition to this, the response must not always focus upon discovering whether the guilty person had a mental illness. If we were truly honest with ourselves, not all of the guilty persons struggled with a mental illness. Honestly speaking, personal ideologies have fueled some of these scenarios as well.

Enough is enough. We the people have the power to effect change. However, if this is the case, then why are we sitting idly by and not exercising this power. The proponents of the right to bear arms exercise their political rights and civil liberties as U.S. citizens. Why are the proponents of gun control not rallying to exercise their political rights and civil liberties to have their voices heard as well?

When are we going to hold the lawmakers and the Trump administration accountable for these atrocities? If President Trump wants to “Make America Great Again,” then maybe he should consider beginning here. Just my humble opinion.

What are your thoughts? I would appreciate any feedback from anyone. This is a community effort to living our best life in honor of the One Who has given us this life to live. Love God, love others, and love yourself!

Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”

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