By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
We are shocked and saddened by the massacre in Aurora, Colo. But Aurora is part of a pattern, not an isolated incident. Two days earlier, 17 were hurt outside a bar in Tuscaloosa, Ala., when a gunman opened fire.
There is no safe zone.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others were shot in a Tucson, Ariz., shopping center. Virginia Tech students were mowed down on campus. In Chicago, 228 people have already lost their lives to gun violence as of mid-June. Nationwide, there have been 60 mass shootings since the Tucson horror, according to the Brady Campaign. Every year, about 100,000 Americans are victims of gun violence, with about 30,000 killed. Aurora is shocking — but the shock has become routine...
How many must die before “the best” stand and speak? We must revive the ban on assault weapons in America. Arming ourselves is not a solution; it is a defeat. We must demand action to defend the domestic tranquility against a gun industry, lobby and culture that now pose a clear and present danger.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
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We are all shocked and dismayed by the massacre in Colorado. This incident comes after multiple college campus and high school shootings that have stunned the country over the past years. Last year, FBI crime reports show that 8,775 out of 12,996 total murders in the U.S. were committed using firearms. The U.S. experiences about three times the level of gun violence as a country like Great Britain.
The Aurora shootings should serve as a wake up call to every citizen. None of us is safe in a nation where assault weapons are readily available. We need to revive the ban on assault weapons now.
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