Thursday, June 15, 2017

Gun violence and US Congressmen

Yesterday's shooting in Washington, DC hit a very sensitive segment of the US population: Lawmakers that support the National Riffle Association (NRA) and liberalization of arm sales.

Steve Scalise, a House leader from Louisiana along with other folks, was shot by a gunman who was later arrested.

The irony in this incident is that in 2015, Representative Steve Scalise himself, introduces a bill to relax restrictions on interstate firearm sales and has been the recipient of NRA contributions ($4,950 in 2016).

My point is that our crazy gun laws, including a blind adherence to the Second Amendment of the Constitution, are making our country much more dangerous and not at all safer.

Consider this: The entire European Union (508 million people) only counts 6,700 firearm death per year, against 34,000 for the 321 million individuals in the United States. That's over 8 times more firearm deaths per capita.

Do I need to say more?

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