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I don’t want to hear about your love of guns

When is a background check mandatory for gun owners?

The Brady Act made background checks a requirement for guns purchased through licensed dealers. Here’s a brief look at how the current system works.
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The Brady Act made background checks a requirement for guns purchased through licensed dealers. Here’s a brief look at how the current system works.

I am not going to tell you about the need for gun control. I am going to tell you The New York Times reporting on Republican senators who have received the most campaign cash from the National Rifle Association:

▪ John McCain, Arizona: $7,740,521

▪ Richard Burr, North Carolina: $6,986,620

▪ Roy Blount, Missouri: $4,551,146

▪ Thom Tillis, North Carolina:$4,418,012

▪ Cory Gardner, Colorado: 3,879,064

▪ Marco Rubio, Florida: 3,303,355

▪ Joni Ernst, Iowa: $3,124,273

▪ Rob Portman, Ohio: $3,061,941

Our kids are killing each other. I don’t care to hear the love songs about how you grew up with guns, how you hunted with your daddy and forged “an unbreakable bond,” how your granddaddy passed down the family tradition, or that you simply love the architecture and beauty of guns.

The first mass school shooting, Columbine, happened two decades ago. But sure, let’s stick with the abundance of “thoughts and prayers” because it is obviously working.

I do not want to hear that you’re an avid deer hunter and deer are a scourge so we should all be thankful and you are doing our community a favor by thinning the population and we should say thank you very much for your service.

American suicide methods, documented by the Centers for Disease Control for 2014: poisoning 6,808; suffocation, 11,407; firearms, 21,386.

The Vegas concert shooter killed 58 and injured 851 in less than 10 minutes. Tell me again how a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun.

I don’t want to hear about your patriotism, your beloved Second Amendment. You, personally, are not what our founders meant by the words “well-regulated militia.” If you want to make a real argument on why you need your guns, don’t hide behind a Constitution that I doubt you have ever read.

Between 2012 and 2016, 46,445 Americans were killed by guns.

I am not going to tell you about gun control, because you’ll want to call gun violence a mental-health issue. Do countries with sensible gun laws and low mortality rates not have mentally ill people? Please explain.

Five years ago, 20 mostly first-graders were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary. We did nothing. We will continue to do nothing.

Wednesday, a 19 year old walked into a Florida school and killed 17 kids. I am not going to tell you about the need for gun control because you don’t care to listen and I don’t care to hear about your need for freedom. You are free. Just say you love your guns and be done with it.

I’ll send thoughts and prayers.

Teri Carter is a writer in Lawrenceburg. Reach her at KentuckyTeri@gmail.com.

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