Gun Issue About More Than Guns

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Ariana Klein watched by fellow student Carson Abt at the start of a listening session on gun violence with teachers and students in the State Dining Room of the Whit

States with the most guns have the most gun deaths. Already, some states are struggling to pass bills that would ban bump stocks, the devices that allow assault weapons to fire continuously. For them, it's all about power, money and control, maintained by fear. "People are demanding change right now, and one of the reasons people are demanding change is because of awareness". "They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun".

In the season of Lent, Christians should at least consider that our country's obsession with collecting guns is idolatry, placing the amassing of "objects" above human life. The second word, rifle, means that this group deals with weapons. It's frankly that we don't adequately limit assault weapons.

Congress is constrained by lawmakers who do nothing but talk about improving background checks, but doing nothing or preventing the mentally ill from getting guns, when the opposite is done through an executive action early in the presidency to increase the right of the mentally ill to get guns. Perhaps the children of today will lead us to a more enlightened and safer country.

Twenty-some years ago, Australia had its own mass shooting moment, a massacre in which a man with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at a tourist destination, killing 35 and injuring 23. In that role, he has recently made some remarks regarding the use and purchase of guns that affect all of us. In a subsequent interview Joe said he's stunned there's not greater outrage here.

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So, it's little wonder why our leaders have repeatedly cowed to the gun lobby's demands and have refused to budge in any foreseeable way regarding legislation that could anger the private influence to whom they are so deeply beholden.

The NRA and other "conservative" opponents always claim controlling guns is the first step to overthrowing democracy and imposing a dictatorship.

The main reason: Iowa's sweeping gun rights law adopted a year ago by the Legislature. It may begin by simply seeing this obsession with guns as evil.

Well. We can only imagine how many articles of impeachment would be drafted if Obama had ever endorsed pre-emptive gun confiscation. These are exactly the kind of rules that would constitute common sense gun regulation, and the vast majority of NRA members support them. Except, I guess, in our hearts we know the answer.

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