Guns save lives - until used to kill the innocent

Guns save lives – until used to kill

By Eric Becker

The Write Team

CARLINVILLE (Feb. 22, 2018) – Driving home from the state wrestling tournament south of Champaign Thursday afternoon, I noticed these little signs off in the distance.

It was a group of signs for gunsavelives.com. Terribly ironic, I thought as I drove by. Just one day earlier in Florida, a horrific tragedy of major proportions took place when a 19-year-old former student took aim at his former classmates and teachers at a high school.

These days, while terribly saddened for those involved, I am no longer surprised. These types of events will continue, no doubt about it. The only question is when and where it will come next?

It could happen in Macoupin County, Illinois. Very easily. Hopefully not, but I’m not going to say it’s never going to happen here. I can’t. I just can’t.

The national media is now jumping back into the whole gun control debate. I have to concur.

Look, I’m not against guns. I’d never own one, but I’m not going to tell you that a responsible citizen should not be allowed to own a firearm for protection. That’s my thoughts.

But the string of mass shootings is quite ludicrous, to tell you the truth.

From Columbine in 1999 to this latest shooting. From schools to workplaces, to theatres to nightclubs. The violence won’t stop.

I read there are over 300,000,000 guns of some sort in this country. And when one of them gets in the hands of the wrong person, we as society are in trouble.

One person out there was concerned enough after reading this guy’s social media feed that he contacted the FBI.

The FBI acknowledged they received the tip but did nothing about it because they had trouble locating in the individual. Really? The FBI had trouble finding this guy who was all over social media? Okay, whatever. Tell that to the families whose lives have been turned upside down.

After some research, I can list you some of the deadliest shootings in American history. The top five are all within the last 10-11 years.

Las Vegas shooting (2017) 59 dead; Orlando nightclub shooting (2016) 50 dead; Virginia Tech shooting (2007) 33 dead; Sandy Hook Elementary shooting (2012) 28 dead; Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooting (2017) 27 dead.

The most recent shooting had 17 killed, ranking ninth all-time. Of the top 20 all-time deadliest shootings, half of them have come during this decade.

Of the top 13 deadliest shootings, this last one was the only one that the perpertrator was not killed. He apparently tried to blend in with those running for their lives after the massacre.

Can we learn something though, because this guy lived through his infamous 15 minutes of fame?

Living about 15 minutes from the city of St. Louis limits, I hear on the news all the time about a recent killing. The problem is not going away anytime soon.

It’s not a guns problem. It’s not a mental health problem. It’s an American problem.

I was watching some of the coverage on TV last Wednesday. Went from two being killed to 17 within an hour. It’s tragic, its heartbreaking, but its preventable.

It has to start with us. We as a nation have to come together and continue to try and figure out a way from stopping such violence episodes from taking place.

Because, quite frankly, I’m sick of it, yet, I’m no longer surprised by anything I hear about anymore. Not surprised at all.