Ah, But Ain’t That America!

Recent killing of 9 innocent people at a Church Prayer group will do little to curb enthusiasm for free access to guns in America.      Photo courtesy of ABC News

Recent killing of 9 innocent people at a Church Prayer group will do little to curb enthusiasm for free access to guns in America. Photo courtesy of ABC News

The recent mass gun deaths of 9 Black Americans, who were shot to death as they prayed, by a White Judas who sat among them as a guest before opening fire, is as disturbing as the mass slaying 20 children who were killed in their classrooms at Sandy Hook. And as disturbing as the slaughter of the 12 or  moving goers in Aurora, Colorado.

More disturbing is how the National Rifle Association and demented Republicans still will vote against even the most basic gun ownership restrictions. As disturbing is the seeming paralysis for a nation to prevent these tragic occurrences by place even the most basic restrictions on gun ownership.

2019 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Columbine Shooting. Thirteen high school students were killed in that 1999 shooting. In 2008 32 students were shot to death at Virginia Tech. In 2013 20 students were shot to death at Sandy Hook elementary. And now 9 members of a prayer group were killed in their very own church by a person who came as a guest.

Ah but ain’t that America.

Let’s hope Harper doesn’t turn Canada into a replica of the gun-mad country to our South.

Ah but guns don’t kill people..people kill people.

What a stupid slogan to support the proliferation of gun ownership…no a gun on its own doesn’t kill people except in that fantasy finale of Breaking Bad where the AK 47 tips and automatically sprays bullets killing dozens of bad guys.

In real life anyone can go to a gun store or a flea market buy a gun no questions asked and do with it what they please including killing many innocent people if they so choose.

Here is the point – guns make people who want to kill able kill more deadly and efficiently and take the lives and freedom away from innocent children and people at pray.

America! What is more precious to you? The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and freedom? Or the right to carry a gun a take away people’s freedoms for ever?

Hey atomic bombs don’t kill people…people drop atomic bombs to kill people. What is the difference? Atomic bombs and guns kill more efficiently and deadly than kitchen knives.

You might as well say cars don’t kill people, people kill people.

But, Drivers are licensed and car ownership permits are required, insurance too. In America any lunatic can get a gun and kill with motive and determination. When cars collide we call that an accident…when 20 school children are mowed down with grim determination and 9 people at prayer are mowed down in a Church while praying….well we call that AMERICA home of the free to kill who you want and anytime you want.

Ah but Ain’t that America automatic weapons designed to kill you and me.

Ah but Ain’t that America undetected handguns to set you up on your very own killing spree

Ah but Ain’t that America thank you NRA for all the people you are going to kill today.

Here is a list of post- Columbine mass shootings between 1999 and 2012. Add the 28 people, 20 of them Children, in Newtown Connecticut and the Charleston Church shooting to that list.


People who support restrictions on gun ownership and purchases should raise funds to build a memorial to all victims of gun violence. The memorial should be modular and can grow as more victims are killed by guns annually.

The monument should be located in some strategic location that brings it to the attention of Americans and the world.

An annual day of mourning for victims of gun murders should be held and gatherings organized after each future American gun massacre.

Perhaps that will hit the message home.

America needs restrictions on who can buy guns. It’s clear from the last twenty years some people should not have the right to own guns. Previous history of violence, uttering threats and mental illness could be three factors for refusing to sell weapons to an individual.

Remember in all democratic countries freedom comes with responsibility. There is the freedom to own guns, but that must be weighed against the freedom from being killed by a gun.

It’s really that simple.