In this New York Times article A Tragedy of Silence published Saturday after the Newton, Connecticut shooting. Americans remain equally divided.
The author Blow asks When, and how, will this end? In fact, will it ever end?
I don’t think it will ever end. Gun control and fiscal cliff seem like unrelated problems but they are actually similar. It all is part of American mentality. And every time I recite the last line of US Army Soldier’s Creed “I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.” I am reminded of this. One of the fundamental problems with the American way of life is the sense of entitlement. Everyone believes they are owed something but are unwilling to give up anything they are receiving or have. They know spending cuts and more taxes are imminent however the only right solution are the programs that affect them are not cut and their taxes are not raised.
I agree that there should be a ban on assault weapons with the exception of police and military but half of America does not agree with me. A Gallup poll conducted showed Americans are either totally satisfied (50%) or dissatisfied (42%) with gun control.
Likewise with gun control, gun lobbyists pour millions into the hands of politicians because they believe so strongly in their right to bear arms they are unwilling to give him any rights they have. Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, blamed the shooting on laws that don’t allow school personnel to be armed. “Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to ensure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones.”