Reigning With Fear

Submitted by ub on Thu, 05/26/2022 - 08:46

Ideas after wiping American tears. This could happen to anyone near and dear to us while USA politicians continue reigning with fear. 

Dozens of families in Texas, California and New York are devastated, while Congress in now enjoying another vacation and doing nothing about the cause of their family member’s deaths.  Register to vote and throw them all out. Americans have experienced over hundreds of mass shootings, including dozens of school shootings. WHY?

As a dad, grandpa, a journalist, a communications educator, and a former area resident, it makes me feel sick inside to think that a couple of hundred children, teachers, and other innocent Americans have lost their lives during mass shootings since the Millenium, according to gun violence databases.

Georgia, Florida, Nevada, California, Connecticut, New York, Texas...etc. How long will this reign of fear continue? The NRA firearms cancer keeps spreading over the decades. Still, many law-abiding citizens are holding on to their constitutional right to bear arms. So, why is this the case? In order to change America's gun culture and unique relationship with ownership of firearms, it will require a large-scale shift in our national mindset. Do our politicians also expect teachers to be assault rifle experts? Republicans are not capable of defending their excuses and lame answers.…

Armed teachers or guards aren't effective deterrents

I wonder whether such a horrific event could happen inside my classroom. The sad answer: Of course, it could. Therefore, instead of passing sensible gun reforms, US lawmakers prefer to further militarize our schools and public spaces. This is not the answer. The solution is to ban bullets, ammunition, and magazines, not books We need to educate not eradicate.

As the families of the 19 students and two teachers killed in the Texas elementary school shooting have begun to make funeral arrangements for their loved ones and as our nation mourns the crimes of other recent mass shootings, the Supreme Court may soon loosen gun laws in New York while several other Second Amendment cases continue to pile up on the court's docket.

As we wipe away our collective tears following unprecedented years and a string of deadly shootings in American history, the NRA will hold another national celebration and SCOTUS may soon allow more guns in public. Within weeks, the high court is expected to issue a ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.

So what about the first amendment, and our right to speak out to demand action once and for all? The increasing number of American school shootings is putting a heavy strain on teachers, who are being tasked with not only teaching our students but also protecting them in an active shooter situation. This or having armed security on the premises is not the answer. It did not work in New York, Texas, and will not work anywhere else for that matter.

Joe Garcia, the widower of the late Irma Garcia, one of the two teachers who was killed protecting her students during the Uvalde massacre at Robb Elementary School, has also died today. The reason was a heart attack, according to his nephew. The couple had been married for 24 years and leave four children orphaned.

There will undoubtedly be more blame and political finger-pointing, therefore we are surely headed for a legislative showdown. Here are some suggestions for your local, state, and national representatives. Ban bullets, not books. Increase reading assignments in our school. Educating our kids and making sure our citizens are safe should be our top priority.

Congress hasn't passed a background check law, or any gun-safety law in a decade. At the federal level, nothing has changed. We must eliminate the Electoral College and the filibuster which have long been exploited by partisan obstructionists who want to dismantle our fragile democracy.