Our international friends think we Americans are crazy to have such easy access to guns.
In the UK, a mass shooting in the 1990s inspired strict gun control laws; there’s been just one mass shooting in the 22 years since.
In Australia, there was a mass shooting also in the 1990s. Laws were put into place, and there hasn’t been another mass shooting in the past 20-plus years.
It took a mass shooting in New Zealand to inspire lawmakers to tighten gun regulations.
But, in America, we have a mass shooting (an incident where four or more people are shot) every day, and our government has still not enacted similar sensible effective laws.
In the 1950s, many people thought it was madness that the US government could require people to wear seat belts. The auto industry fought this because they didn’t want to have to pay for it. Nevertheless, seat belts, air bags, and crash-resistant cars became the law. And guess what? The number of auto fatalities dramatically dropped.
Let’s work together for laws that better protect our loved ones, especially our children. We all have the right to be safe.