In honor of the victims of gun violence everywhere

Death

Death

This is totally off the foodydoody track but I had to comment.

As a father of elementary school kids, the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary was too close to home. I can’t even imagine what the parents and survivors are going through and what this will do to them for the rest of their lives.

I grew up in India in the 80s when the Khalistan terrorism was at its peak. We’d read about bombs and killings almost every day and we had become somewhat desensitized by the violence that we read about in the paper. It was just statistics. Nothing more.

With yet another mass murder, I fear our gun-happy society is moving in the direction of being numb to violence. That is scary. We don’t want to stop caring. Every life is precious.

No matter where you stand on the gun rights debate, IMO if you want to honor the memory of those who have died in senseless, gun-related violence, then have a good-faith national conversation on gun control. Like everything else, you have to look at the Constitution in the context in which it was written. The second amendment was written when access to guns was minimal and when guns (which were few and far between) were used by militias for protection. We now live in a day and age where you can walk into a Wal-Mart and buy an assault rifle. Why anybody other than the armed forces and police would need an assault rifle is of course, debatable. At this point it is not a second amendment issue, it is a question of survival and the kind of country we are leaving for our children.

Gun control is not the solution but a very important part of the equation. I have heard the phrase “Guns don’t kill people, people do.” It makes absolutely no sense to me. Access to guns makes it very easy for a mentally unstable person to cause havoc. If he/she did not have the access, the carnage may be significantly minimized.

So let your local representative know this issue is important to you and what your views are. We need to make our political representatives know that they need to figure out a solution to this. We can’t keep having mass shootouts every couple of months. It is time we started behaving like adults.

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