Does it strike you as strange that Congress gets hysterical about 5 people dying from faulty air bags but ignores a far more serious public health crisis that can strike so swiftly
Unlike those infected with Ebola or exotic flu strains, this virus rarely exhibits any outward signs of illness such as a fever that could warn us of impending danger. Yet our nation remains at best apathetic to the ghastly spread of this gun virus, and when concerned citizens, health or law enforcement officials appalled by the spread of this deadly virus raise an alarm or suggest measures to curb its spread, they are accused of fear mongering and using tragedy to assault individual freedoms!
Ironically, this bullet borne virus, which carries a far higher death toll than Ebola, air bag or ignition related deaths remains largely ignored. At last count, only a handful have died within the US of Ebola though close to 6,000 Ebola victims have died world wide, each death indeed tragic. But this other virus has infected every part of our nation and continues to kill our citizens engendering, at best, spotty or complacent responses. While state and federal legislative bodies are determined to protect the rights of unborn children, little is done to protect these same children from this terrible violence ridden infection once they are born because in our capitalistic system property and profits are deemed more important than people.
Over and over again concerned citizens who have tried to curb the spread of this deadly virus are attacked as unpatriotic, their efforts an attack against the American constitution! Even when more that 32,351 deaths were reported in 2013 alone according to the Centers of Disease Control. 32,351 in just one year! Tragically, these statistics are incomplete because the gun lobby has succeed in getting laws passed that make it illegal for researchers to gain the information needed to do accurate studies on gun related deaths!
Isn't it ironic that we get so panicky about Ebola or ignition switches or air bags or ecoli or lead paint but the NRA is free to promote the spread of unregistered, uninsured, unidentified guns? Why do we forbid smoking in public places and curb tobacco sales because those are “a public health hazard” but as soon as common sense measures connected to guns are suggested legislators rush to pass laws that go to the opposite extreme. Something is wrong when elected officials are more concerned about getting re-elected and catering to the gun lobby than protecting the welfare of their constituents! Help me understand how measures designed by municipalities and law enforcement to enact realistic measures designed to register lost or stolen guns go against the 2nd amendment? And why is it all right for us to register and insure our cars but not guns? No one took our cars away after we required drivers licenses, insurance, and car inspections.
How many more must perish from this deadly gun virus before we as a people say, “enough is enough!”
Joyce M Shutt is pastor emeritus of the Fairfield Mennonite Church.