“We’re not going to fix it.”
Those were the jaw dropping words from Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) to yet another mass school shooting of six people from his home state, three of victims just 9 years old last month.
Burchett statement was two fold—it shows a mindset as he further stated there is nothing you can do for a gunman who is willing to die and that he, and like minded politicians, feel no urgency to seek a legislative solution. Just look at his party in the statehouse in Tennessee who kicked out two lawmakers for protesting on the floor while allowing fellow legislators with much more serious allegations to remain.
“I don’t see any real role that we could do other than mess things up, honestly, because of the situation,” the Congressman stated, as if the killing of innocent children is not enough. “I don’t think a criminal is going to stop from [getting] guns…I don’t think you’re going to stop the gun violence.”
What an enraging statement from a member of Congress. And sadly a true one because Republicans have decided that guns and assault rifles such as AR-15s are more important than the lives of our kids going to school.
And let us be blunt: each child that dies is because of Second Amendment absolutist lawmakers and the conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court that allows it to happen.
This year alone, there have been 143 mass shootings according to GunViolenceArchive.org as of April 7. Overall, 68 children under the age of 11 have died from gun violence and 391 between the age of 11-27—nearly five kids a day since the beginning of the year.
Contrary to Rep. Burchett’s beliefs, Americans want something done in Washington. When asked to identify the most important issues for Congress and President Joe Biden to address this term, 17% of voters identified “mass shootings and gun policy” as one of their top priorities. It was sixth among all priorities mentioned by voters, coming in higher than education or immigration.
It is plain and simple to us: assault guns should not be owned by private citizens. They are for the battlefield, not for the neighborhood.
The AR-15 has been used in ten of the 17 deadliest mass killings in the United States since 2012, including Newtown, San Bernardino, Las Vegas, Parkland, and Uvalde. About 1 in 20 U.S. adults own at least one AR-15, including the Nashville shooter.
The Washington Post recently explained the damage this war machine does to the human body:
This explains the lead poisoning that plagues survivors of the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Tex.; David Colbath, 61, can scarcely stand or use his hands without pain, and 25-year-old Morgan Workman probably can’t have a baby. It explains the evisceration of small bodies such as that of Noah Pozner, 6, murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary, and Peter Wang, 15, killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High (the) bullets broke inside of them — obliterating Noah’s jaw and Peter’s skull, filling their chests with blood and leaving behind gaping exit wounds.
Why do we allow this type of gun to be sold?
As much as mocking the “Thoughts and Prayers” crowd is easy, there are those on the other side of this issue who move on too quickly as well—and that includes us.
We have decided to no longer just be outraged and move on. This will be an issue we attempt to address each day. Going forward, on our home page, we are going to track mass shootings and gun deaths in this country.
We want assault weapons banned again because it is at the root of our gun violence problem and will push for the removal of politicians who believe “we’re not going to fix it.”
In America and across the world, we have seen the power of peaceful protests, movements massing in large numbers to march to voice and get what they want. That is what is needed in this fight.
We are joining the daily fight to remove assault weapons in America.
I have no problem banning semi-automatic weapons and large magazines. There hasn’t been a Second Amendment problem banning fully automatic machine guns so the inclusion of semi-automatics shouldn’t be the stretch it has proved to be. But the mechanics of establishing and enforcing such a ban are monumental and will only serve to increase the monetary value of the banned weapons and create a large black market.
Along side or in advance of the criminalization of ownership of semi-automatic weapons, let’s try a traditional all-American solution to a problem that has no Second Amendment problem: sue the b$@st*#s.
First, repeal the federal statute that currently immunizes gun makers and distributors from civil liability. Semi-automatic weapons are inherently dangerous. The normal tort law for inherently dangerous products is strict liability: if the product injures someone, the maker is liable even if another individual (like a crazy person) used the inherently dangerous product. Any legislator who pontificates about banning semi-automatics while not bothering to repeal the immunity law is simply a pandering hypocrite or worse.
Similar liability should apply to anyone who sells, gives away or otherwise distributes or passes on a weapon. They need to be responsible for determining that the recipient if the weapon is not mentally ill and is otherwise capable of treating an inherently dangerous weapon responsibly. Thieves who steal a semi-automatic and sell it should be civilly liable too.
Similarly, the owner of an inherently dangerous weapon has to be held responsible for its safe storage. If it is stolen and used in a crime, the owner is responsible for not using proper care.
After a few multi-million judgments—easy to get when nine-year-olds are killed—insurance companies would stop covering gun makers, distributors and owners and the problem of gun ownership would quickly evaporate. If governments bought back the most dangerous weapons and destroyed them, most owners would be happy to get rid of the potentially ruinous device.
And you should be held accountable for the way you vote. So if a democratic policy costs lives you should pay the piper for that. Funny you see a problem with guns but not the person or the shrink they are seeing. You’re a fraud trying to take
Up a cause to make yourself feel good.
If you want to ban weapons, you are going to need to repeal the second amendment. For that, you will need more than 35 state legislatures to vote for repeal. Good luck with that. The morons need to get a handle on the fact that it is not the weapon, it is the person wielding it. Also, try doing a little research into how many crimes are prevented by people with legal firearms. We only hear one side of the story from those who would disarm us, and make us helpless at the hands on overweening, greedy government.
You can ban every gun you want but the criminals will always find a way to get them!
“Semi-automatic weapons are inherently dangerous.”
I feel sorry for people like you that lack critical thinking skills.
The statement you wrote is inherently untrue, and you know that. There is nothing dangerous about an inanimate object. A firearm is no more dangerous than a hammer or a rock. You are clearly ignorant about firearms. A so-called “assault weapon” (which no one can define) is no more dangerous than a pump action shotgun in the right hands.
It’s the person who wields that firearm and their intent that matters.
But then you would have to hold individuals accountable for their actions, and that’s just a step too far for you. You’d rather blame the 100 million gun owners who did NOT commit a felony, or a company that manufactured a product that worked as intended. From your post, you’d rather blame a legal firearm owner who had a firearm stolen, than the thief/criminal who stole it and committed a crime! Amazing.
But not surprising. Liberals have only one world view: blame others.
Do you want to ban automobiles that cause 40,000 deaths per year and sue the manufacturers? No?
Well, then you have an inconsistent world view.
No American civilian currently owns an “assault” weapon. Everywhere and anytime some clueless shrieking liberal hyper partisan lunatic uses the phrase “assault” weapon, they immediately discredit themselves. A semi auto matic pistol or rifle held by a civilian is very different than military or police versions.
The entire paradigm of thinking that by banning or confiscating firearms one would reduce murder or crime in general is 100 % flawed. Everywhere in the world where ordinary people have firearms , there is LESS crimes not more
The infant like wails to ban and confiscate weapons is just another sign of the left’s cognitive dissonance and total lack of self reflection.
For after 100 years of failed progressive policies; Decimated cities, ruined families, a wrecker healthcare system, a corrupted weaponized justice system, we are finally seeing the ramifications of what happens when government grows , bureaucracies stagnate and the rot sets in to every public institution.
Now as if to add insult to injury, the left is promoting the fantasy that humans can change their biological sex.
Mainstreaming and facilitating mental illness, infantile dependency, identity politics and racism leads to disaffected, alienated, disenfranchised , angry people and thus more crime.
And thus faced with a problem that the left itself created, they have the unmitigated GALL to say to me, “oh im sorry you can have the right to defend yourself against the criminal forces that WE have unleashed”.
So “bans”. Aks confiscation are a non starter. Aint gonna happen.
The North Jersey news editorial staff and the left and progressives in general don’t care about children at all. They are ideologically opposed to the idea of private ownership of firearms. Every time a child is killed by a gun it allows these people to grandstand and further their agenda. They are willing to allow children to die so that they can push a completely misguided doomed to fail ideological agenda. If they wanted to protect children they would advocate that government agencies install the same kinds of security precautions in schools that are available at airports in court rooms.
They would encourage school systems to protect children at the same level that politicians are protected by armed guards at every turn
North-JerseyNews.com is nothing but left wing propaganda masquerading as “Journalism”. If you weren’t such a joke maybe you wouldn’t need to constantly beg for donations.
I thought about writing a response that would easily counter your purposefully misleading “facts” but it’s easier to expose you as the frauds that you are by asking one simple question…
Since you’re so concerned about saving children’s lives, is your next opinion going to call for a ban on abortion or is your “anger” (agenda) solely focused on banning guns?
Let’s not forget the school in Nashville was chosen because the trans terrorist knew there were no guns to stop her
Criminals don’t obey laws
So we should sue the NJ governors and legislator for the Short Hills Mall shooting since the criminalization of weapons in NJ created an environment where the carjackers were emboldened by the fact that only criminals can have guns
Now let’s go after the manufacturers of SSRI’s
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
You can always count on the North Jersey News for another illogical, irrational, and reactionary editorial when it comes to guns.
Pure stupidity by corrupt politicians who want a fascist police state to allow them to rob the poor more easily. Pit bulls kill 60 people a year and maim 2600 and their owners are never held accountable. That can actually be fixed, unlike taking guns from legitimate owners so only criminals and cowards hiding behind badges like Texas where 400 cops played with themselves while children were dying have them. Maybe they should start treating gender confusion as mental illness.
A gun is not a weapon, Marge. It’s a tool. Like a butcher knife, or a harpoon, or… uh, a… an alligator.
“Overall, 68 children under the age of 11 have died from gun violence and 391 between the age of 11-27—nearly five kids a day since the beginning of the year.”
“We have decided to no longer just be outraged and move on. This will be an issue we attempt to address each day. Going forward, on our home page, we are going to track mass shootings and gun deaths in this country.”
So, if you’re truly concerned about saving children and not just advancing a political agenda, then why aren’t you appalled by the hundreds of thousands of children that are murdered by abortion every year?
The CDC says there were 620,327 abortions nationally in 2020.
Are you planning to track those on your homepage as well?
So, your proposed solution to a mental health issue is to trample on the Constitutional rights of American citizens that you don’t agree with and decimate an industry that you dislike?
YES; Now this here be an Capital Idee!! That is, IF’n Y’all Ban ALL Assault Weepans!! AND; That goes for’n ALL Law-Enforcement’s as well.. And while You’re at it, Ban ALL them 9mm Glocks or’n limit their Magazine Capacity & limit the rounds Potency!! Remember, Poor Ammunition Saved many Lives & caused less injuries in the Past!! So remensr; Lets not keep the Powder Dry & Save Lives!!//
Don’t worry… no one on the editorial staff at this rag can even define what an assault weapon is. For that matter, neither can the Director of the ATF!