For the second time in just five days, there’s been a major shooting in this country. The attacks in San Bernardino, California were the biggest since the shooting at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut a tad less than three years ago that killed 27. As of this writing, 16 people (including two suspects) have had their lives extinguished in another senseless attack.
I nearly turned the TV off when the news broke, to be honest with you all. I probably should have.
This wasn’t because I was insensitive to the events, but that it’s a saga and a drama I have seen so many times recently, I really didn’t care to see it again. In this blog over it’s four years, I’ve talked about these incidents over and over. It gets tiresome, not because the victims deserve our thoughts and prayers, but that it keeps happening over and over again.
The only thing that seems for sure about all of this is that this will happen again. Democrats will want to ban guns, not a realistic plan because doing so will cause a reverse effect, in my opinion. Prohibition of alcohol back in the early 20th century didn’t work, so why would a prohibition of firearms work?
Then you have the Republicans who will not part with their guns until, as the late Charlton Heston famous said back in the 90’s, they depart their cold, dead hands. The Constitution is on their side, and repealing one of the amendments requires the work of not only the Beltway, but the state legislatures of the land.
The answer is somewhere in the middle. The only guarantee right now is that this “middle” won’t be found, and that someday, another mass shooting is right around the corner. It’s sad, but it’s the reality of modern-day American life. I wish this wasn’t so, but this issue is causing a political gridlock of life-altering proportions.