Viva Las Vegas

After last nights slaughter in Las Vegas I’ve given up hope that this country can change.

People have swallowed the NRA Koolaid and it no longer matters how many Americans get murdered, 30 school children in Sandyhook, 50 nightclub goers in Orlando, now 60 dead and hundreds more wounded at a concert in Nevada.

The numbers just keep growing and yet we do nothing.

We continue to allow the worst amongst us to murder our friends, neighbors, and children so that some of them can own a weapon of war.

We all know the statistics, or at least we all should. On average 93 Americans are killed by guns a day.

93 a day! 

12,000 Americans are murdered with guns a year and for every one person killed by a gun, two more are injured.

And yet if you bring up these grisly statistics to any of the 2nd amendment fetishizers on social media or elsewhere, they’ll regurgitate the same old nonsense about how gun regulations don’t stop crazies and the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Safe to say that the hundreds of casualties from last night showed just how pitifully that logic holds up, so kindly stop decrying our outrage at this heinous act as unsightly politicization.

It’s not politicizing a tragedy when a slow leaking dam finally bursts, so why do we resort to vicious infighting the moment a firearm is involved?

If the body count from Sandyhook, Pulse, and Vegas are not enough of an eye opener for us to stop offering half-hearted condolences and empty prayers in lieu of action,  I ask you what will it take?

A hundred people murdered? Two hundred?

More?

I truly hope we never learn the answer to this question. I hope that tomorrow sweeping bipartisan legislation is passed eliminating these hateful weapons from our country.

But if I’m honest, last night was the final nail in the coffin. It’s time to bury any hope that those in politics will ever take action when doing so would hurt their own self-interests.

To them, money and power will always trump the lives of their constituents.

And for those of you who believe that the 2nd Amendment is more important than the well-being of your fellow Americans, I urge you to think long and hard about what that says about you as a person.

Does a machine whose sole purpose is to take life truly deserve more protections than the living?

My thoughts and deepest condolences to everyone who will lose someone they love to gun violence today.

-Niko

https://everytownresearch.org/gun-violence-by-the-numbers/

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Viva Las Vegas