Gun Violence

So this morning we were invited to church with our neighbors of course their church start time is much earlier than ours and we overslept. I blame my husband because waking us up to get somewhere on time has always been job (yes I’m throwing him under the bus) I’m guessing he woke up in the middle of the night to watch tv like he always does and was still sleepy.

When I awoke though there was a movie playing “Runaway Jury”, the movie was made in 2003 but the book was written by John Grisham in 1996. The movie and book are about a widow suing a gun manufacturer because her husband went to work and shot up his office and killed himself. Is this starting to sound familiar? Of course the gun manufacturer only comeback was that the 2nd Amendment Right gave anyone the right to own a gun and it doesn’t matter who owns their guns and what they do with them isn’t their problem.

But it made me think, don’t cigarettes have a warning on them, in fact they now have tv ads that show often about the dangers of smoking. The labels on alcohol have warnings, in fact now that I really think about just about everything we use or do has some type of warning or rules for us to go by when we use them. There are even warnings on video games that say some video games can aggravate their epilepsy. So why aren’t their warning labels on guns?

Now don’t get me wrong I have absolutely nothing against the ownership of guns, the responsible ownership of guns. We have guns in our home and even before I came into the picture with my husband and bonus son I was absolutely impressed with what my husband had taught my son about gun safety and he was only 4 years old at the time. Now it may have something to do with the fact the he had limited access to toy guns also so as to not confuse him but still we speak with him often still to this day and he has never wavered on how he feels about guns and mass gun shootings..

Gun violence like this just didn’t start we just ignored all the warning signs in the beginning and let the big gun makers and NRA put money in the pockets of our governors and senators. When the only people getting killed by guns were “gang bangers” it was okay nobody was overly concerned. Then it wasn’t about gun violence it was about gang violence and (just being truthful) whites people weren’t getting hurt so…

But what if we had changed the laws as soon as stuff like this started happening? How many people would still have their family members with them today?

Peace and Love,

Deidre

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