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When is Enough, Enough?

When is enough enough?

Last night's news announced that nineteen more little children were shot while attending school. But that's not the worst of it. These school shootings are starting to be routine. By mid-May 2021, there were ten mass shootings a week on average; by mid-May 2022, there were 198 mass shootings in the first 19 weeks of the year, representing 11 mass shootings a week. So I guess hundreds of school children being shot and killed are not enough for our politicians to do anything.

I heard Texas Senator Ted Cruz offered prayers for the tiny victims. He thinks that's enough. But, unfortunately, it isn't. Cruz is one of the biggest recipients of campaign donations from the NRA. So, besides prayer, Cruz's answer to this epidemic of violence is more guns and no action on reasonable gun control - like universal background checks, bans on assault weapons, and high-capacity magazines.

The NRA doesn't like any gun law, so Cruz, with his Republican buddies, stands against these reasonable gun laws. His solution is to arm the teachers and have more school guards. He thinks more guns and armed school guards are enough to stop the killings.

But according to early reports from the Texas Rangers, the school had an on-site armed police officer. The killer barricaded himself in a classroom and started slaughtering little children. So I guess guns are more important than children, unless the child is yours.

Eleven mass shootings a week are not enough for our Governor DeSantis to do anything about guns in Florida except getting more of them on the street. Our Governor's solution is to allow people to carry guns without a permit. He calls it "constitution carry." This would allow people to carry concealed weapons with no background check, no documentation of who they are, and no training. I am not against the Second Amendment - the right to bear arms - but do we have to make it so easy for a shooter to kill our children?

When will enough kids being killed be enough? When will we put the price of a youngster high enough for us to implement reasonable gun laws? Eleven mass shootings per week are more than enough for me.

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