Editor, the Advocate:
It seems every time there is a tragic event where lives are lost, the Democrats find a way to capitalize on it.
In recent days, the DNC sent an email signed by former Rep. Gabby Giffords to supporters urging them to donate to the DNC and Giffords’ PAC. She is seeking donations for the fight to “prevent gun violence and save lives.” All of this seems to be a noble act, but in reality it is not. There motto seems to be “Never let a tragedy go to waste.” Strike while the iron is hot!
The reality of these tragic events in Missouri, Ohio and Texas are very hard to overlook. One could say they are copycat or the perpetrator wanted to do something more horrific than the last guy. Whatever the motive happens to be, the gun did not do this on its own, same as an automobile wreck that takes lives; it’s not the automobile’s fault.
Mental illness needs to be looked at in this country. There are not enough facilities to address this issue. We should push our elected officials to fund this ASAP. Moral decay is a big factor of this behavior as well, little or no parental guidance, no prayer in school. The media needs to downplay these acts, no pictures, names or manifestos, no glamorization of the perpetrator. Just info as to whether arrested or otherwise.
For one to believe that passing a law to make certain type of guns illegal will stop the problem, you need to look around at all the jails that are full of people that have broken the law. Why do you think a person that wants to commit a mass shooting will follow the law? All this will do is make criminals out of law-abiding citizens.
If new laws will fix the problem, how about one that regulates social media sites that promote these kind of thoughts from being published on the internet and other social media formats? Put more teeth in the so-called “red-flag” law that has to be handed down by a judge for it to be enforced if you show emotional instability and own firearms that should be confiscated. Make it the law across the country. Use a common-sense approach, not a knee-jerk reaction.
Daylon Magnia, Victoria