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Enough with the prayers already

MC DC Trump on Gun Violence in America 1bSomewhere in the United States right now, as you read this, the next victims of a mass murder are going about their business of life and have no idea what’s in store for them.
They don’t know they’ll soon be victims – perhaps before the ink dries on our newspaper.
They have no way of knowing how they’ll die, or when; whether they’ll die next to their loved ones or die running for safety.
They will just be dead and the dead can’t do anything about it.

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It's never too early to talk about gun control

MC DC Wash Rinse Repeat in BW 1bIt is not too soon. Today's the day to talk about guns in the aftermath of the horrific tragedy that took place just a few short weeks ago in Las Vegas.
Let's start the discussion with some math. This country averages about 90 deaths by gun per day. That is about 33,000 gun deaths per year, every year. Compare that statistic to Japan which had one gun death last year. That is one.
Want more math? The population of this country is about 320 million and the number of guns in this country is about 265 million. Of those 265 million guns about half, or 130 million guns, are owned by only three percent of the population. 78 percent of the population do not own a firearm.
Here's an even better statistic: with only about five percent of the population, the United States accounts for 50 percent of all guns in the world.
One more statistic: there have been, to date, 273 mass shootings, or shootings that take at least four lives, in the United States this year.
Now let's add up all the numbers and what do we get? It is time to do something because doing nothing is not working. In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in our history, a record which seems to be broken every year or so, the Republican Congress said “too soon.”

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Run, hide and fight for your life

There has not been a death as a result of a fire in any of our schools across the nation since the 1950's. That is not to say that there haven't been any fires at our schools; it is only to say that there have not been any deaths as a result of those fires. I think it safe to say that we have fire drills down fairly well. In some schools the fire drills include blocking some passageways recognizing the fact that fires can be unpredictable.

As with almost anything, the "times they are a changin'". The threats we faced in years past are not the same threats we face today. How we adapt to those changing threats often is the difference between life and death.

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County residents show solidarity after Orlando shooting massacre

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MP1 1847Imam Faizul Khan addresses the audience gathered at the International Cultural Center in Montgomery Village June 13, a day after a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – The pain, anger and sadness expressed at Monday evening’s solidarity event for the people killed at a Florida nightclub on Sunday was real, even though the victims were over 800 miles away.

“These are not disconnected events,” said Gonpo Yeshe of Poolesville, “Orlando seems to be far away, but the events in Orlando and the violence that happens here are not disconnected.”

At about 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, heavily-armed gunman Omar Mateen opened fire and took hostages at Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The shooting spree, considered the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, left 50 people dead and another 53 injured.

Faith, community and political leaders gathered on Monday to condemn the violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community. 

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Gun ownership should require liability insurance

It is common sense that ownership of an item brings with it a degree of responsibility to use the item both thoughtfully and safely. I can't imagine too many disagreeing with that general premise although I am sure there are some. The requirement to carry mandatory liability insurance by those who own automobiles is an example of state government acknowledging that ownership brings with it that level of responsibility.

 

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