“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
This was another deadly year in United States. Gun violence left a path of destruction from coast to coast.
In 2015, there were 353 mass shootings, defined as four or more people either shot or killed.
We felt heartsick by the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Nine people slaughtered during a Wednesday night Bible study.
The latest horror – 14 killed in California by a husband and wife team with ties to an Islamic terrorist group.
It’s gotten to the point where mass shootings don’t really shock us all that much. That’s a sad state of affairs.
And what of the debate on gun control? Right now, there isn’t a serious one.
Some gun rights groups seem unwilling to entertain any restrictions on gun ownership.
Other groups would love to ban all gun ownership by U.S. citizens.
Our elected leaders fail at every turn to actually lead, instead pandering to special interest groups.
Let us be clear…we support every citizen’s constitutional right “to keep and bear arms.”
But the founding fathers probably didn’t imagine semi-automatic weapons designed for slaughtering other humans beings.
It’s time to start having a real debate about the gun violence that is plaguing our country.
Let us know what you would do…and tell your elected officials that doing nothing is not an option.
Tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.