We were all set to type another editorial on the need for some type of gun control and how after the latest mass shooting — this one at a church in Texas that killed 26 and wounded another 20 on Sunday, but we’ve come to the conclusion that people are fine with the status quo — that we don’t really have a problem here.
Having guns in America is a coveted freedom, one that we are not willing to give up no matter how many people die as a result of guns.
A little more than a month ago, the deadliest mass by shooting (incidents in which four or more people are shot in one incident, not including the gunman) in U.S. history took place at a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people and wounding more than 500 according to early reports.
Nothing changed or looks like it is going to change as a result of the Las Vegas shooting.
After all the number of people who die in mass shootings is small when compared to cancer or opiods — two things that the country has said are epidemics.
Cancer is something people have dedicated their lives to eradicating, while the opioid crisis has caught our attention recently.
It’s easy for us to get behind these causes. We all know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer and someone who is battling opioid dependency.
Few of us know of anyone who is the victim of a mass shootings. Las Vegas put a major dent in this, but not enough for us to reach a tipping point.
We believe that if we wanted to curtail gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S. we could and would do it. Look at all that America has been able to accomplish when we wanted to do it, such as putting a man on the moon.
But first we are going to have admit there is a problem and unfortunately, we haven’t reached our bottom yet.