Every time a mass shooting takes place, we hear politicians say they are going to address the problem, but nothing happens. A poll conducted after the massacre at a Florida high school shows that most Americans think Congress and President Trump are not doing enough to stop these shootings. Seventy-five percent of those surveyed faulted Congress for its inaction, while 62 percent blamed Trump, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Why are they afraid to do what most Americans want them to do? Because we no longer have spiritual, pro-life leaders, who value people over guns. It is more important to listen to the voices and money of the NRA than to respect the will of the people. So we will continue to have the highest mass shooting rate of any civilized country in the world.
Most of us grew up in a culture that glorifies guns. I used to watch westerns on television like “Gunsmoke,” “Have gun will Travel,” and movies with John Wayne, Steve McQueen settling scores with a gunfight. Many Americans sense their identity, character, capabilities and strengths from being exposed to this type of violence.
Some Americans believe the myth that we are a collection of rugged pioneering individuals, forever exploring new frontiers and the dangers and challenges they present. Guns, in this context, are an extension of that myth. Yet, this is not who we are. We are a community of diverse individuals who are interdependent on each other for our very survival.
The USA is about 4.4 percent of the world population, yet our homes contain more than half of the privately held weapons in the world. A Gallop Poll survey showed that only 30 percent of Americans own guns. Yet, there are more privately held weapons in America than people.