Guns in America and the Washington Talkathon
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