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Take action to stop gun violence cycle

Another school shooting. Residents in the affected town say “We never thought this would happen here!” Vigils will be held as will a moment of silence.

The suspect will be found to have mental health issues (as if a sane person would go on a shooting rampage). There were signs but “no one thought he’d actually do it.” It will turn out that he used a semi-automatic gun. There will be questions about how he got it.

Victims’ families will vow to take actions such that this never occurs again. Politicians will say their platitudes and berate “what this country has come to.”

If the shooter has a Hispanic or Arabic name, innocent citizens sharing similar attributes will find themselves the targets of harassment. The incident will be used as justification for immediate actions like increased deportations or bans against that ethnic group.

But any suggestions of looking into restrictions of guns will be met with cries of “we shouldn’t rush into anything!” The National Rifle Association will mobilize their troops to lobby legislators that to even fund research into gun violence threatens their (and the mentally ill’s) Second Amendment right. They will say, in fact, that we need more guns, so that a gunfight could have taken the gunman out. And while mental illness will be cited, it will only be to deflect attention from the easy availability of guns.

And nothing will happen. Until another school shooting. And the cycle repeats. This is the true definition of insanity.

Anne Salamon

Cedar Rapids


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