After an amazing weekend fishing with our veterans at Platte Rivers Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, I was excited to post another edition of Trout Tuesday.
But that needs to wait.
I have something to post about guns, violence, and our society. Will it help? I don’t know. But it can’t hurt to start talking about what is important to us.
Here is something to highlight the way our news media ignores certain facts, highlights others, and how our emotions are swept by “big events.”
According to Gun Violence Archives (find it here:http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/repo…/number-of-gun-deaths)
June 13: 23 killed by guns across country
June 12: 88 killed
June 11: 50 killed
June 10: 34 killed
June 09: 33 killed
June 08: 41 killed
In the last 72 hours hundreds have been wounded, and more than 40 killed by gun violence.
So what’s my point?
If you are outraged by what happened in Orlando, than you should be outraged everyday as an equal number or more are wounded/killed by gun violence every day.
If you are devoted to protecting (via responsible gun ownership and use) our culture and way of life from gun violence, then you must remain vigilant every day.
The solution to our problem is more complex than I and most others can even fathom. It isn’t about taking away people’s right to bear arms for whatever reason they choose. It isn’t about manufacturer’s being limited to the type/caliber/whatever gun they can build. It isn’t about gun free zones or open carry zones. The above numbers are simply the accounting of our culture that refuses to take a close, detailed, and unemotional, look at why our country chooses to act in the manner in which we do.
Holding hands and praying for Orlando victims and families is noble and certainly an effort worthy of its action. But what happens when we let go of each others hands and return to our daily routine?
The daily deaths will continue on as they have for decades.
Calling for “this reform” or “that restriction” or “no restrictions” oversimplifies (and emotionally charges) the debate without significant results.
But we must start somewhere.
I have no answers nor deep enough knowledge of litigation on the books, past laws, or current changes to make an educated and therefore meaningful suggestion to sway anyone’s opinion or direct the conversation. But we need to talk about this.
The numbers are there.
Think about that.