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In light of the most recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, I am posting something that I began in August of this year. It was a response to a shooting in my local city of Worcester, MA. I am posting now simply because I can't keep quiet. I may not have answers, suggestions or even all of the facts, but I do know that I fear raising my daughter in a country with so much gun violence. Yesterday's mass shooting was the 355th mass shooting in 2015- this is more shootings than days in a year.
If you're looking for a place to argue the politics of gun control, this is not the place. I am admittedly confused about my own beliefs. I think that it shows how difficult the issue is which is the reason behind the extreme political arguments. I think there are good arguments from both sides but there are also many unfair and untrue arguments roaming around out there also.
I live in a beautiful Worcester suburb but I spend a lot of time in the city. It is a city with great food and health care. Worcester is also home to a great deal of gang violence that often appears in the form of shootings and stabbings.
[In August}, a mother and her 2 year old son were shot in the parking lot of one of the housing complexes in Worcester. It is reported that they were caught in the crossfire of a gang related firefight. This, being a gang-related issue, might be seem as different from many of the mass shootings. The guns in the hands of gang members are often unregistered, while many of the mass shooters obtained their guns legally, even passing background checks.
The amount of gun violence in the US is terrifying now matter which group you are evaluating. "It ranks number one in firearms per capita. The United States also has the highest homicide-by-firearm rate among the world's most developed nations."
Like I said above, I am not here to express any other opinion than that something needs to change.
As a teacher at an alternative high school, and as a former teacher in Job Corps (in which I worked directly with gang members), I have experienced too closely what guns in the wrong hands can do to a community. As recently as September, a student was shot 3 times at point-blank range, allegedly over drugs. In this city, as I can imagine is the case in many cities across America, the two are inextricably tied. Just as is mental illness and access to guns.
So I leave you with a surprisingly somber SNL clip done by Amy Schumer, who has recently stood up for stronger gun control.
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I am Dom. A mom, teacher, novice writer, cook, wine drinker, and so much more- filling the internet with unsolicited stories, questions, dreams, recipes, and advice. I'll be the voice that tells you what everyone is wondering but no one wants to ask!