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I Feel Sad

Updated on February 19, 2018

When I was a child I learned to shoot as soon as I could stand up and hold a gun. I was taught that I would point that gun at no one and if I forgot I was told sternly that I made a mistake. My family were all hunters, including my mother.

That was 60+ years ago and I never heard of mass shootings like we are hearing about now. I thought that when the mass shooting happened at Sandy Hook something would be done about gun control and mental illness. A mass shooting in Las Vegas and now the one at the school in Florida and all the government can do is say, "We will keep the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers."

It is now time that the government does something. I would never suggest taking everyone's gun away. I support hunters, people shooting target practice, people shooting in competition, and people having a gun for protection, gun collectors. When the Constitution was written people carried muskets, now firearms shoot many rounds per minute. I do think it is time to make an amendment to the Constitution.

Our politicians in Congress fail to do anything because they receive millions of dollars from the NRA. It is sad to me that the money they receive are more important than peoples lives. There are a lot of people in this country that are mentally ill. Why are they allowed to purchase a gun? It seems that our politicians have no conscience. How can they after all these mass shooting continue to do nothing?

I love my country, I will always love my country, but I am so ashamed of our government on the local, state, and federal levels. No ordinary citizen needs a military style rifle and in my opinion they should be banned. I know that will upset many people, but it is my opinion. I am sad that I keep hearing about mass shooting after mass shooting. Our children no longer feel safe in school, something that was never thought of when I was a child.

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      Larry W Fish 8 weeks ago from Raleigh

      Yes Dianna, it is sad and it is scary. The gun culture in America is insane. So many people are obsessed with guns. When people feel their guns are more important than the lives of children our country has a major problem.

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      Dianna Mendez 8 weeks ago

      I have friends with children in Parkland. Their children are suffering from this horrible shooting. They are angry and afraid to be in school. I don't know the answer to all this but I do pray that our children will be kept safe.

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      Larry W Fish 2 months ago from Raleigh

      It is a disgrace that the NRA has so much influence on our politicians, Linda. When it has come to the point where money flowing into the hands of our politicans is more important than the lives of children our country has hit a low point in history.

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      Linda Crampton 2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The inactivity of the government with respect to this issue is disgusting and shameful. I'm very sorry for what your country is experiencing, Larry.

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      Larry W Fish 2 months ago from Raleigh

      Thank you for your comment, FlourishAnyway. It really is a shame of what is happening in this country.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Don't own a gun. Learned to shoot in about 62. That meant I spent a year cleaning and loading and disassembly and oil and putting in proper storage. A "gun" was not as cool as a slingshot, or the bows and arrows we made. Throwing rocks worked well. When my nephew clocked my son 10 miles and 1 mile up from folk, I had to stitch him up with first aid kit needle and thread. Damn sure hurt him more than me.

      Stealth and strength are real weapons. A straight mind is a weapon. A danged chair is a weapon, I could kill you with a fishing line like so many fisherman do.

      What the heck does the tool of a mad man look like?

      I am weird in botany and anatomy. I can kill you and ten others with a homemade flame thrower.

      You cannot ban pressure cookers or gas Maltov cocktails.

      And we cannot ban man.

      The tool is irrelevant.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      I agree with you. Shame on the NRA and all those who ridiculously hide behind the Second Amendment at the expense of people's lives like those at Sandy Hook and the high school in Florida. What a national disgrace the NRA is.

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      Larry W Fish 2 months ago from Raleigh

      Thank you for your comment, Mary. The culture about guns has changed so much in the US in the past few years and also with the NRA. The NRA now buys off our politicians, so sad.

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      Mary Wickison 2 months ago from Brazil

      I too feel sad about the lack of movement with regards to gun control. Like yourself, my family were hunters. Many of my family have guns and are responsible gun owners.

      There have also been murders in my own family using a gun. I have been shot, although not in the US.

      How many more people, children need to die before something is done? I've lived abroad most of my adult life and the availability of guns in the US was part of my decision to leave. I'm surprised that the responisble gun owners don't rise up to the NRA, and say, "get your priorities in line".

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