America can change.
Lives can be saved.
Relentless gun carnage can be stopped.
It can happen.
Many of us have lived long enough to remember a time when few could imagine people would routinely buckle up in seat belts. Or that drunken drivers would no longer joke about taking the wheel after over-imbibing. Or that smokers wouldn’t puff away wherever and whenever they felt like it.
Yet America changed, just as it did at earlier times in its history when it roused itself to make other important reforms.
It wasn’t easy. It took Herculean efforts by countless individuals over many years to persuade the majority of Americans a better way was possible and to insist on changing the rules.
Now, we must redouble our efforts to create an America where people are safe from gun violence. Where loved ones are not snatched away in a blaze of gunfire. Where children are not killed in their homes by stray bullets. Where entire communities don’t live with the constant fear of where the shooting will happen next. Where flags are not lowered to half-staff after one mass shooting, just after they were raised from the previous one.
Just a week before Monday’s mass shooting in Boulder
, Colorado, in which the alleged gunman used an assault-style weapon to kill 10 people, including a police officer, a judge in a lawsuit brought by the NRA blocked Boulder from enforcing its ban on assault-style weapons. The gunman allegedly bought his assault-style weapon just six days before the shooting. In Georgia
, the alleged gunman bought his 9mm handgun on the same day of the shootings.
Stricter gun laws could have prevented these shootings.