Re: “Senate rejects background checks, other gun measures” (TNT, 4-18).
The American people demanded action around gun violence, and the will of the people goes unheeded. Some perspective: From 1955 to 1975, 58,209 Americans died during the Vietnam War. It takes only two years to reach that number of gun deaths in the U.S.
Something else to think about: 2,977 people died on 9/11 and we engaged in a long and costly war as a result. An act of terror in Boston has mobilized our country again: three dead and more than 100 wounded. But why do we react with such urgency when acts of terror occur even though the death rate is relatively low?
Terrorism is horrible by any account, and I am not minimizing its impact. It just seems that deaths from terrorism will not be tolerated, yet the deaths of 30,000 Americans per year from gun violence are easily endured.
It is not a stretch to say that it’s a war zone out there, but still we continue to do nothing. Do we value guns and the Second Amendment so much that we are willing to let innocent people die so that criminals and the mentally ill will continue to have free and easy access to all the arms they want?
Background checks may not save all lives, but it will certainly go a long way toward mitigating the carnage that our current gun policy causes in our communities.