violence gun control

18 years ago a man walked into a school in Dunblane, Scotland with four handguns and killed 16 students all under 6 years old, a teacher and then himself.

This led to a debate on gun control and in 1997 2 firearms amendment acts were passed making it illegal to own a handgun for personal use in the United Kingdom.  We have had no shooting on a similar scale to this since.

6 weeks later in Australia was the massacre in Port Arthur when 35 people were killed and 23 wounded, which led to the imposing strict gun control. There have been no shootings on a similar scale to this since, either.

If I hear one more person tell me that there’s nothing that can be done in the US when there are massacres after massacre I will scream because it is so clear and people are pretending to be blind.

The congressional shooting that happened yesterday in Alexandria was horrible. No one should disagree with that. 

But a year ago this month, nearly 50 people were killed at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida. 

Two years ago, nine people were killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Five years ago, 20 children and six adults were killed during the Sandy Hook shooting. 

These are only the shootings I can think of off the top of my head. Just this year alone, and June hasn’t even ended yet, there have been 150+ shootings.

But it took an attack on old white men for the media to bring gun control back into the public mindset. It took this attack for Paul Ryan to proclaim, “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” 

It would’ve been nice if this anger from GOP politicians had been around for all the innocent people who have died from shootings. No one has died yet from yesterday’s shooting, and hopefully, Steve Scalise recovers soon. 

But could this please be the breaking point for the GOP? This country needs gun control. If our politicians had done something before now, perhaps they wouldn’t have become victims. 

One year later

One year later. Have we filled the world with light and love and pride?

One year later. I’ve said “No more” so many times since then that Pulse is a drop in the ocean of gun violence victims.

One year later. One year since 49 precious souls from the LGBTQ+ community were struck down by a hate so vile yet so familiar.

One year later. Our spaces became fortresses and our anthems became battle cries.

One year later.
One love.
One pulse.

Holy shit.

The first episode of OITNB season 5 makes specific references to just about every major fatal gun violence incident in the past few years (in regards to the gun violence deaths on the show). Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Charleston SC, Aurora CO, Columbine, Ferguson, Virginia Tech, I could keep going. Each event is mentioned briefly in passing during a mass prison riot, and it is so fucking powerful that they just keep mentioning more and more and more of these incidents, never running out of examples, and very effectively illustrating the true scope of the epidemic of gun violence in this country.

It is fucking brilliant and poignant and I am so so so here for this.

gun laws aren’t the main reason we have so much gun violence in america and neither are the mentally ill. it’s due more to a culture that celebrates hate and violence and the fact so much of the population lives in poverty and around said violence from a young age. putting a gun in someone’s hands won’t make them go on a mass shooting but years of desperation and/or unchecked hate will. background checks may help but this problem is both institutional and cultural and fixing it will require much more than legislation

If you had to choose between losing your gun and losing your child to gun violence, which would you choose?

Now, if you had to choose between losing your gun and someone else losing their child to gun violence, which would you choose?

If your answer changed, you are part of the problem.