It Never Stops
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