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It Never Stops

Updated on December 2, 2017

Every morning I wake up and turn on the TV news. What do I hear about in my city and the cities around me? There are reports of someone being shot to death, someone stabbed, someone beaten up, someone raped, someone robbed, someone kidnapped. The reports just never stop.

I turned 69 a couple of months ago and I look back to the 1960s when our country was in a turmoil. There were protests about the Vietnam War. There were protests about civil rights. Our president JFK was shot to death. His brother, Robert, running for president was shot to death. Civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, was shot to death. It was a decade of violence across America on so many fronts.

From the 1970s until the start of this century things were getting better. I will not say they were perfect, but improvements were being made. When Donald Trump decided to run for president the violence increased. Look at his speeches at his rallies and it was obvious that he was promoting violence. If you were black, hispanic, asian, Muslim, you seemed to be in the crosshairs. I have followed presidential campaigns for many years and I never saw the hatred that this man put forth.

I will not say that all of the hatred that I see is because of Donald Trump, but I will say that he has greatly increased it. When so many children were killed at Sandy Hook I knew that gun violence would be addressed by our Congress, however I was wrong. Since then we have seen mass shooting after mass shooting and still the issue has not been addressed. I am ashamed of my Congress. Instead of this issue, it is more important for them to pass a large tax cut for the benefit of large corporations and the super wealthy.

I grew up with guns and was a hunter for many years myself. However, enough is enough. I do not want guns to be taken away from hunters, those shooting target practice, or those in competition. However, why is it that there are now as many guns in this country as people. No one needs an automatic military style weapon, they are not for civilians. Yet, because of the NRA and the gun manufacturers all our Congress can do when a mass shooting occurs is to offer their thoughts and prayers. Well, it is time to move past the thoughts and prayers and take action.


Copyright Larry W. Fish 2017

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    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      11 months ago from Raleigh

      Thank you for your comment, Dennis. I to have seen such a major change in my lifetime about the attitude of guns in this country. I feel sad that the ownership of guns is more important in the eyes of many people than peoples lives.

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      Dennis L. Page 

      11 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Thank you for your post.

      There is a new mean, vindictive, uncouth, vile, repulsive, bully pulpit attitude happening in this country which I attribute to Trump's words and actions.

      When I was a teenager I owned guns and was proud to be a card-carrying member of the NRA. In those long ago days the NRA was involved in gun safety and education. However, something has happened throughout the years as the NRA became a major lobbyist influencing members of Congress and the Senate. I refuse to be a party to this insanity and stopped being an NRA member decades ago.

      Unfortunately, living in America we are faced with the reality of NRA lovers who are deaf, dumb, and blind when dealing with the carnage that occurs here on a daily basis.

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      11 months ago from Raleigh

      We are both entitled to our opinions, Eric. If they differ, there is nothing wrong with that. I never expect everyone to see things the way I do, but I hope that other people have the same outlook that it is alright to differ. I am always interested in your take on things.

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      Larry W Fish 

      11 months ago from Raleigh

      ahorseback, I am not a liberal, I am a moderate. There are extremists on the left and the right. I can see you are a hardcore republican. I am an independent that votes for republicans and democrats.

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      ahorseback 

      11 months ago

      America isn't in as much systematic "trouble " as the left want's it to be in , mayhem can not spread without ideological tweeking , Obama ,Hilary , Sanders all of these people think that creating a political "global warming " makes it so ! Lame.

      People need to take a deep breath.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Larry I am a struggling writer and primary child care giver. And wow are all my needs met. Maybe at present a little too much credit card debt like most. But our homeless on the street need only ask and they are given.

      My life is just so wonderful. If we falter there is a net. If we grow there is reward.

      I just do not see your gloom.

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      11 months ago from Raleigh

      Thanks for your comments, Eric. Your thoughts are always thought provoking. My main point is that our country is in real trouble, big trouble and I see no end in sight.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Interesting take on our current situation. My tendency is to think of George Wallace and Senator Byrd. And then realize how tame POTUS is. I also, although white privelege means I cannot say it, think BHO was kind of racist. His comments regarding Black Americans being shot by white were just plain hateful.

      So I get your point and I respect your point. But you have to admit it is pretty partisan.

      I am not partisan. I raised 3 tough Democrat Adult Children. I may have promoted thought there but now they are partisan. Oh well.

      And about getting guns I know a guy who knows a guy that will sell a handgun for $75.

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      Larry W Fish 

      11 months ago from Raleigh

      The 2018 election will be the most important in our lifetime.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      I agree totally with you. The fool in the Oval Office promotes violence and divisiveness and the NRA must be overruled by citizens with level heads.

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      Larry W Fish 

      11 months ago from Raleigh

      I totally agree with you, Linda. It just can't keep being ignored. I think it is a combination of to many guns and mental illness. For someone to do a mass shooting they have to be mentally disturbed, then again how are they able to get guns.

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      Linda Crampton 

      11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I agree with what you've said, Larry. Sending thoughts and prayers may be a nice gesture from people who can't do anything else to help a bad situation, but it's not enough when people or organizations can do something. The gun violence in the United States is very troubling. Whatever the solution is, it needs to be found. Ignoring the problem is outrageous.

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      11 months ago from Raleigh

      I respect what you say, ahorseback and I hope you respect my thoughts as well.

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      Larry W Fish 

      11 months ago from Raleigh

      Thank you for your comment, Mary. I have many online friends in foreign countries and I hear comments similar to what you say. We have had mass shooting after mass shooting and nothing gets done. Such tragedies should not be taken as the normal.

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      ahorseback 

      11 months ago

      There are as many who feel that if the second amendment is outdated than certainly so is the first , considering our news media that actually isn't a NEWs media any longer , Perhaps the fifth amendment needs to be banished ? You are right , our differences perhaps will never lead to solution . especially in as much as my second amendment is as important or more so than your first .

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      Mary Wickison 

      11 months ago from Brazil

      I have lived abroad most of my adult life and the lack of gun control in the US was a major part of that decision.

      When you view your own country from abroad, it is a real eye opener.

      You're removed from the brainwashing and dogma which is spouted by the media, politicians and past history.

    • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry W Fish 

      11 months ago from Raleigh

      Thank you for your comment, ahorseback. I am sure that you and I look at things differently and I totally understand that. Our Constitution was written a long long time ago and I think it needs to be brought up to today's times. The second amendment, for example, was written when people carried muskets. My God that does not fit today's times. I agree that the legal/justice system is unfair and fits more for the wealthy than the average citizen.

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      ahorseback 

      11 months ago

      The entirety of action that we must take is the revitalization of a totally floundering legal/justice system . You are a little older than I so your perception and vision of our cultural reality I'm sure is clearer than most , people today seem to have too little political memory ? Most people against the protections of the constitution , including the second amendment cannot fathom that our justice system has come more than slightly unhinged And that simply inventing more law is always the answer ?Well It isn't.

      I say ,Fix our antiquated justice system .

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