More guns aren’t the answer

In the 11 months of this current year, there have been 604 mass shootings and over 40,000 people have died from gun violence here in America. Why is this not a great moral concern?

In the past mid-election that just took place, 65 to 68 percent of Iowans voted in favor of owning a gun and that includes owning the AR-15 rifle that shoots multiple bullets. What are Iowans thinking when it comes to gun violence?

Just recently six people were killed in a gay bar and several more were injured. The gunman shot and killed with an AR-15 rifle. President Joe Biden had this to say — “The idea (that) we allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick. None. Nor a single rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.”

Just as we have human laws to obey and that brings order to our lives, so we must have moral laws that teach us to love and care for one another. Owning an AR-15 does not take precedence over the moral laws of God.

The original constitutional amendment has said we have a right to own a gun with one bullet in it, and does that make it right to kill one another? An AR-15 rifle has multiple bullets in it, and it can shoot off the head of a child or an adult in just seconds.

Why do 65 to 68 percent of Iowans need that right to own a gun? In Iowa, we have no state law requiring background checks on unlicensed gun sales. You can buy a rifle (AR-15) or shotgun at 18 years of age.

The group of Iowans for Responsible Gun Laws called this amendment that Iowans voted on in this national election that just took place, “reckless” saying it would only serve “to put Iowans in harm’s way.”

We don’t need a gun that is used in many many wars, with many bullets in it. We need more and more moral values in which we need to live by. We need more and more love that we should be showing one another.

We have too much hate and too much mental illness, and that is why 40,000 people have died from guns here in America. God help us to change what is happening to us, here in this land that I love.


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