A Performance

When public officials say that their thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of gun shootings and their families, this is basically meaningless, as it is a staged response.  If they really cared about any of these victims, they would pass gun legislation bills, or better yet they should make a meaningful effort to institute real change.  Offering their thoughts and prayers is nothing more than a standard response that all civic leaders offer the public for any catastrophe, including hurricanes, wildfires, mass shootings, and disease outbreaks.  I don’t want to get into an argument about the benefit of prayer, but something must be done, as thoughts and prayers are not really helping any of these situations.  Politicians feel the need to justify their inactions, so when they say these things, it is just a performance.

We could start of by banning assault weapons, prohibiting and penalizing the possession of a firearm or ammunition unless the individual complies with all licensing and registration requirements, instead of liberalizing or eliminating background checks, passing laws that make it easier to get guns, allowing both open carry and concealed carry and changing the definition of weapons so that they no longer fall under the National Firearms Act.  Many gun control bills are dying without even getting a committee hearing and part of this may be because people don’t want to be controlled, so let’s start calling this gun safety instead of gun control.

I don’t own a gun, because I think that they are dangerous and nothing good ever comes from them, even though many people say they have them for self-defense and personal protection.  I am willing to go as far as banning the sales of all guns and taking away existing guns from all the nutty people that own them, but since that won’t sit well with the second amendment activists, we have to change the Constitution.  The right to life Republicans are trying hard to take away a woman’s right to choose, so we should be able to take away their guns.  Joe Biden is the most anti-gun president this country has ever, and I consider this being a major part of its platform as a good thing, even though nothing seems to be changing with America’s current gun crisis.  We are facing an epidemic of gun violence here and there are also an increased number of unintentional shootings​​ resulting in accidental deaths.  U.S. civilians own 393 million firearms, which is about 46 percent of the worldwide total of civilian held guns and this amounts to 120.5 firearms for every 100 residents.  Enough is enough and nobody can blame Fandango for not being able to contain his anger and frustration.  Mama please take these guns away, because it is getting too dark to see.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #166 which asks, “Do you feel that President Biden’s plea to take action and to do something to stem the rising tide of gun violence in America will have any impact? Or will lawmakers at both the federal and state levels do nothing more than offer their useless ‘thoughts and prayers’, which is all they ever do?”

15 thoughts on “A Performance

  1. It’s horrible that we just accept these murders as the cost of the NRA doing biz. I do see having a gun for protection of a home or business ~ if the owner goes through training and buys insurance. But no citizen should be allowed to amass an arsenal!

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  2. I am still pissed, still frustrated, and still heartbroken for the parents of those children, for the children who were killed, and for the trauma for those who survived while witnessing the slaughter of their classmates and friends. 🥺

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  3. I just don’t know what is wrong with this society. I agree there should be more background checks on guns…but there is something deeper than that.

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    1. What we should do is hold the Senate and Congress in chambers until something is done about this tragedy and when they can’t take their Memorial Day vacations, then they may start getting serious.

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