Guns in America and the Washington Talkathon – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Guns in America and the Washington Talkathon

No to GunsBy Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Here’s a suggestion: Let gun control be the main policy issue in the 2016 presidential elections. In this way the American public will get the chance to decide on policies regarding gun control. The voters will have the opportunity to send a clear message to the gun lobby and the politicians as to how they feel about the proliferation of guns in America. Unless guns become the focus of policy there will be the usual babble and waffle as lives are lost in the pile up of tragedies.

Orlando is the latest tragedy. There are broken bodies and spirits. Tons of newsprint report on the pain from every angle and the politicians from Washington keep popping up on the screens. These are the people we elected to represent us; we put our faith in them to carry on the business of the country.  

Our Congressional leaders promise to work for change, to effect laws to control guns, to make our streets safer and many of us believe them. But after the tears and the funerals it’s business as usual. These ‘do little’ politicians are versed in the art of the double-speak; they know how to court the media for self-promotion and how to play the game. They get little done and take a lot of time to do it!

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The state of gun violence in the US, explained in 18 charts

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Comments

  • dhanpaul narine  On June 28, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Thanks Cyril, the video is shocking and explains in detail the problems with guns in America. Everyone should see it.

  • Albert  On June 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    If memory holds over 80%of Amercans agree with having a background test on applicants for a firearm. Republicans in the lower house refuse to bring up legislation on this for a vote. This is how American democracy works. NRA finance and control the bulk of the elected politicians. …..and thus the legislation affecting the industry. More guns and bullet sold the higher the profits.

    You have to be in the deep south to understand the nature of the “gun culture” You can buy guns and bullets here like candy. Within 30 minutes driving from my home there are at least three rifle range. Gun owners practice regularly especially on weekends. They keep scores and compete for higher points with target accuracy. It’s a cultural game.

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