By Jueseppi B.
The chilling picture above, showing more than 60 mass murders that have taken place in the United States in the last 30 years. The problem is shown by the list of tragedies in 2012 alone: Newtown, Aurora, Oakland, Oak Creek; 13 in total. It is shown by the other incidents that but for fortune or divine intervention could have become massacres, such as the man who, three days before Aurora, walked into a bar in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with an assault rifle and opened fire, injuring 17. The problem, speaking plainly, is that handguns and assault weapons need to be outlawed in America.
How do we begin to recover?
Words cannot express our heartbreak as we grieve for the children and educators killed in Newtown on Friday. As an American, I cannot even begin to imagine what the victims’ families are going through. Connecticut is my home, it’s your home, it’s home to us all and this senseless tragedy is unfathomable to all states — and the nation.
As President Obama stated in last night’s press conference, we must take responsibility for each other and we must take responsibility to make sure this does not happen again.
Too many families have faced heartbreak this year.
Now is the time for life-saving, common-sense legislation that would again ban semi-automatic weapons along with the high-capacity magazines that feed them.
The tragic tale of these shootings sadly repeats a common theme — in Tucson, Aurora and Newtown, the killer used semi-automatic guns to unleash hundreds of bullets at his victims.
But gun violence is not new. Since 1982 more than 75% of mass-murders were committed with legally obtained weapons and most were semi-automatic. Of the 12 deadliest shootings in U.S. history, half have happened since 2007 — the last assault weapons ban bill expired in 2004.
I wonder how many “assault rifle enthusiasts” lost loved 1’s or family in Aurora, Columbine, Newtown or the 31,349 gun deaths in, in America alone, in 2011?
No community should ever again have to feel this level of grief. We must do everything we can to prevent this from happening again. Now is the time — we’ve lost too much already.
Together we can put sensible restrictions in place to prevent future tragedy. There’s more we can do — improve background checks, closing the gun-show loophole — but this is a critical first step to save lives. With Members of Congress set to introduce legislation that would bring back the assault weapons ban, now is the time to stand together and ban these killer weapons.
We’re all shaken by the unimaginable tragedy in Newtown, CT, but we’ve come together to share a simple message, in one voice:
It’s time. In the wake of another horrific mass shooting, our leaders must take immediate action. Join us in telling President Obama and Congress:
Tracey L., mother of a Virginia Tech victim – I Demand A Plan
Uploaded on Dec 11, 2012
Tracey Lane’s son Jarett was murdered in the mass shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, along with 31 of his classmates and professors. The shooter had been adjudicated mentally ill and was prohibited from buying firearms. But his mental health records had not been submitted to the background check database, so he was able to pass a check and buy the murder weapons from a licensed gun dealer. Jarrett had just turned 22.
Demand A Plan: http://www.DemandAPlan.org
I’m convinced if more people heard these stories — saw the face of a mourning mother or heard a father describe the dreams his child – killed with a gun – will never reach — they would join us in demanding that our lawmakers fix our broken gun laws.
My own daughter was shot in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. But Emily was one of the lucky ones — she survived.
Every day, 34 Americans are murdered with guns. That means more than 48,000 people will be killed in President Obama’s next term.
I recorded a video sharing my story and calling on the President and Congress to take action. I hope you will watch it, share it, and add your own “I Demand A Plan” video:
Thank you for doing your part to give a voice to our heartbreak and put a human face on the profound human toll of gun violence.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns