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How Tough Are You?
2022-06-01

            As the people of Buffalo, New York continue to bury the 10 victims of the May 14 shooting at a local grocery store, the people of Uvalde, Texas are just beginning their sad task of burying the 21 victims who died in a local school on May 24.

            The sadness and grief many of us felt will never fully heal.  But, as the investigations continue and questions mount up we must find out why the shooters chose to become mass-murderers and how they were able to do theses heinous acts.  Both gunmen left disturbing hints on social media, yet they failed to set off any red flags.  At a time when censorship on social media is at a rise, threats to harm someone should be a red flag worthy of notifying law enforcement officials.  Social media censors can cancel you, but if they don't alert the proper authorities they are only serving social media and not the people – especially those who might be in danger.

            In addition to common-sense gun laws, we need authorities with the backbone to enforce them.  If you're arrested in a certain northeastern state carrying an illegal weapon, you receive a "bench ticket" to show up in court and you are released without having to post bail.    

            And, of course, not all of them show up.  Some are arrested again for the same charge and go through the revolving door of "woke" justice again … and again.

            You can pass all the gun laws you want but if you're not going to enforce them, they are only a paper-tiger – and we have too many of them in high places, ready to beat their chest with rhetoric and run to their basement with "thoughts and prayers."

            We need elected officials who are ready to get results and make sure those results happen.  Not everybody gets what they want or need coming out of the gate.  Common sense gun safety legislation is needed.  Compromise to get immediate action of the pressing issues – like those that could have prevented the Buffalo and Uvalde incidents.  They must be identified and addressed.  A blanket of "look at me" from officials will not cover this mess.

            The more complicated issues can be argued, debated, and resolved after the first definitive action is taken.  Failing to follow-up is failing.

            But, most important, proposals must be made and enforced to better monitor online extremism and increase reporting of illegal gun seizures; and definitive action on each must be set forth..

            Attention elected officials – get off your high-horse and save your braggadocio.  We don't care how tough you say you are; we want to know how tough you are.


 

 

 

 

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