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Saving Our Kids From Us

The only hope American children have for living long enough to become adults is to do something to save themselves from those of us who already are.

Seventeen more kids and teachers were killed last week at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and we are already proving we don’t have the moral character and political will to protect them

Right on cue Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the House, responded by saying, “I don’t think that means you then roll that conversation into taking away citizens’ rights – taking away a law-abiding citizen’s rights. Obviously this conversation typically goes there. Right now, I think we need to take a breath and collect the facts.”

Ryan is once again showing more concerned about gun rights that are not in jeopardy than he is in protecting America’s children.

Frankly, it is sickening to hear such political garbage, and thank God our kids know it.

They want a ban on assault rifles, and that should be just the beginning.

And they are serious, with plans for a march on Washington and possibly boycotting schools across the country until politicians meet their demands.

Here are 15 reasons why they should take action.

(1) According to the Congressional Research Service, Americans own approximately 357 millions guns, which is seven million more than the whole population.

(2) According to the Center for Disease Control, the United States has more than 35,000 gun deaths a year, including seven children/teens per day, with 1,637 having been killed in 2016. For every person killed there are two who are injured.

(3) A recent study of World Health Organization data published in the American Journal of Medicine reported that, among high-income nations, 91 percent of children younger than 15 who were killed by bullets lived in the United States.

(4) England and Wales banned private ownership of semiautomatic and pump-action firearms and now average 60 gun deaths a year.

(5) Kids in other countries play the same video games and see the same movies U.S. kids do, but can still go to school without worrying about being shot.

(6) Guns laws in other nations do not prevent their citizens from owning guns, they just regulate how it is done.

(7) What people who insist guns don’t kill people, only people kill people mean is that Americans are more violent than people in other countries.

(8) “A well regulated militia” in the Second Amendment refers to state militias under the control of governors because the newly formed government had no standing army. In 1903 all state militias were merged into the National Guard.

(9 Any discussion of Second Amendment rights that ignores the information in number 8 will lead to a failure to understand why the Founders included “the right to bear arms” in the Second Amendment.

(10) There has never been a single proposal in Congress or in state legislatures that would prohibit Americans from owning guns. Not one.

(11) The NRA was formed to provide education about gun safety, but morphed into a propaganda organization to promote the sale of guns and rifles that benefits gun manufacturers who then give millions to the NRA.

(12) The NRA stokes people’s fears that the government is trying to take their guns with propaganda slogans like, “If they can ban one, they can ban them all,” that was the theme of its 2015 annual convention.

(13) Ninety-six percent (96%) of all the money the NRA gives to politicians goes to Republicans.

(14) Blaming gun violence and mass shootings on the mentally ill is political, not factual. Have they committed crimes? Yes, but studies have shown that “other risk factors including past trauma (e.g., physical abuse), substance abuse, domestic violence, a history of incarceration, parental criminal history, economic stress, as well as access to firearms” play a much bigger role (Elly Vintiadis, Ph.D, “Minding The Mind).

(15) Responsible gun owners are not responsible for gun violence, but by believing NRA propaganda many of them are standing in the way of doing anything about it.

What these facts prove is that we reached the point of enough being enough a long time ago, and our children are tired of it, tired of us, in fact.

They know we have chosen to be a violent society.

That is why they need to do something to save themselves from us.

They deserve our support.

It’s time for every adult in this country to choose our kids over guns.

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