As our nation continues to grapple with yet another painfully public shooting tragedy, Alison Parker’s father and boyfriend have vowed to take on the issue of gun control.
“We’ve got to do something about crazy people getting guns,” Parker’s father Andy said. “You mark my words, my mission in life — and I talked to the governor today — I’m going to do something to get gun legislation, to shame people, to shame legislators into doing something to make sure that crazy people don’t get guns.”
President Obama also weighed in: “It breaks my heart every time you read about or hear about these kinds of incidents,” he said during an interview. “What we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism,”
Whenever things like this occur, victims’ families call on politicians to do something, anything, about guns. Many appeal to the media, become gun control advocates, and even pressure their members of Congress to take up the fight.
Still, nothing is done.
After the Sandy Hook massacre in which two dozen elementary school children were slaughtered, most people assumed lawmakers would finally institute common sense gun control measures, but it never happened. Instead, the National Rifle Association argued teachers should be armed and Congress failed to pass any new laws on background checks or limiting access to firearms.
One thing is clear: Americans are obsessed with guns.
Guns and gun culture are deeply rooted in America, but is breaking our infatuation with firearms impossible?
What do you think? Will America ever break its addiction to guns to institute gun control? Sound off!