George Graham

Deja Vu All Over Again

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Once again the unthinkable has happened. A crazed killer has gunned down innocent victims who had done him no harm, whom he did not even know.

Once again, outrage has erupted across the land. This morning I received two petitions calling for reform of America’s gun laws. I signed them of course, but with scant hope that they will have any effect. Been there, done that – not once but many times. Too many times.

Once again, President Obama vented his anger on TV and vowed – once again – to fight the powerful gun lobby.

Once again the stricken faces of bereaved loved ones – from past tragedies – appeared on TV, pleading for something to be done.

Experts of every stripe were summoned to explain what’s wrong in this society, why an ocean of blood is shed year after year, and what should be done about it.

But don’t you in your heart know what should be done? Don’t you know there is only one way to cure this epidemic of gun violence?

Of course you do. For, as the President said in his anguish:

 We are collectively answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction. 

As long as America keeps electing and re-electing politicians who feed at the NRA trough, nothing is going to get done. Nothing.

And as long as Americans keep doing that, their hands will be stained with the blood of the innocent victims of senseless gun violence.

(Photo above was posted online by Chris Harper-Mercer, identified as the gunman.)

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About the author

gwgraeme

I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for Jamaicans.com