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Outrage over yet another incident of people having their lives taken by another deranged individual with a gun in a public place. Sound familiar? This time non voting age citizens are expressing their concerns over the very latest occurrence, and the media is giving their all to emotionalizing the effort, even comparing it to the civil rights movement. The problem is that the situation exists because the actual voters, who show up for Election Day, continue to cast their votes for individuals they fail to hold accountable. Why aren’t gun laws an issue whenever we vote? Voters (those who bother) want to hear about views on abortion and gay marriage (important yet not nearly as disturbing) yet the gun violence issue is being ignored at the moment something can actually be done about it. The NRA would have you believe your freedoms are at risk without a stash of firearms to protect them. Conservatives insist these weapons are necessary to protect yourself and your family. If you believe them, then you should be fine with the regular mass murders that occur across the country. Chalk them up as collateral damage for your freedoms. If you disagree with that line of thinking, then every single vote you cast should reflect your concern. I’ve yet to ever find a solution to any problem in avoidance of the problem. Mental health issues are equal to the access issues for firearms, yet the ability to identify and diagnose their affects are far from a standardized practice. There’s no way to scrutinize a political candidate based upon their stance on mental health, but you can distinguish between those promoting gun rights, and the mythical support of freedoms. While these two issues identified in this message are far from the only issues facing our society, they do represent the opportunity to break away from the complacency of our citizens that continually recycles these problems, then wonders why nothing ever changes...

 

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