What If Gun Violence Were Spread By Mosquitos?
February 15, 2016
It took less than two weeks for President Obama to request $1.8 billion from Congress to fight the Zika virus.
The emergency funding would pay for mosquito control and “research” into vaccines and better public education programs.
Of course prompt/urgent action against a Zika virus epidemic is required and necessary under the National Emergencies Act but it highlights another epidemic that the President does not address with anything resembling an appropriate urgent/response—the gun violence epidemic. Unlike the Zika virus which is not life threatening but gives rise to irreversible birth deformities, the gun violence epidemic claims 82 lives a day (30,000 lives a year) and costs $627 million a day or $229 billion per year. And like the Zika virus, the great majority of the 70,000 Americans that are shot but survive each year are forced to live life with irreversible deformities and disabilities.
The Zika virus is clearly concerning but so far no one in the US has been hospitalized or died. Gun violence, on the other hand, now takes as many lives per year in the US as auto accidents but, unlike the Zika virus, has an aggressive lobby blocking laws to halt it. (The gun lobby has even made it illegal for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research into the causes and prevention of gun violence. IMAGINE THE OUTCRY IF THE MOSQUITO LOBBY BLOCKED THE RESEARCH THAT IS ALREADY BEING CONDUCTED TO HALT THE ZIKA VIRUS.)
We have a Congress that can never pass gun safety legislation (see link)
Congress could not even pass universal background checks after the Sandy Hook massacre or ban suspected terrorists on the Terror Watch List from buying guns after the San Bernardino massacre. There is only one way to halt the gun violence epidemic: President Obama needs to use the powers granted to him under the National Emergencies Act and declare a National State of Emergency to halt the Gun Violence Epidemic.
WHY DOESN’T PRESIDENT OBAMA DECLARE THE OBVIOUS––THAT WE ARE LIVING UNDER THE SCOURGE OF A GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC Because the pro-gun side and their Congressional supporters represent a mob of loud mouthed bullying jackals programmed to intimidate the president.
They label ANY step President Obama takes to halt the Gun Violence Epidemic as a betrayal of the Constitution. This, despite the fact that the constitution requires the President to proactively protect the public from epidemics just as he is doing with the Zika virus.
PRESIDENT OBAMA NEEDS TO KNOW THAT HE HAS AN ARMY OF PEOPLE COVERING HIS BACK THAT FAR EXCEEDS THE LOUD MOUTHED JACKALS.
Besides having signed the petition to halt the Gun Violence Epidemic, invite your friends, family, neighbors and work associates to sign it (see link)
REMEMBER THERE ARE 100 MILLION OF US WHO WANT SANE GUN LAWS AND ONLY 1 MILLION PRO-GUN JACKALS WHO WANT NO GUN LAWS.