As I watched the news this morning, a deep sadness crept over my heart. Sadness that tragedies like Columbine, Sandy Hook, the Aurora “Batman” shooting, my friend who had his wallet stolen by kids with a gun, and countless others would go on happening.
I am also outraged. Outraged that, as Gabrielle Giffords (who herself was a victim of gun violence) writes in her New York Times piece this morning, “some of the senators who voted against the background-check amendments have met with grieving parents whose children were murdered at Sandy Hook.” How can these people, who we have voted into office to represent our wants for the nation, look at someone and say “I’m sorry your child was killed in a brutal shooting, but I don’t think we need to know exactly into whose hands were are putting guns.”
The debate over assault weapons and the second amendment, to me, is completely separate from this one. There is one argument to be made about a person’s right to bear arms to protect themselves and there is a completely separate argument over whether that person is mentally stable or has a criminal past. It baffles me that some people don’t agree with me and countless others who simply just want people with guns to be accountable in a more significant way, a way that could potentially keep guns out of some dangerous hands. It baffles me even further, however, that senators would vote against a bill that many of their constituents support.
I’m not sure what the next steps for our government is but, I have to agree with Mr. President when he said: “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington.”
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