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The "Latest" Gun Massacre?

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Following the mind numbing Sandy Hook child massacre 2 years ago, like many Americans, I wrote an OpEd calling for the passage of sane and sensible gun control legislation.

At that time - in the midst of our collective pain and disbelief - there was a level of national outrage that caused many to hope that this was the tipping point - that the horrific deaths of 20 children and the 6 adults who tried to save them would finally be enough to shame our Congress and our nation into taking action.

But nothing happened...

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In the two years that have passed since the Sandy Hook tragedy there have been more than 986 mass shooting events in the United States resulting in the deaths of 1,234 people and the wounding 3,565 more.

There is now one mass shooting every week in America - and yesterday the people of Roseburg Oregon became the "latest" victims of what has now become an almost commonplace occurrence - 9 murdered, shot execution style in their college classrooms, the gunman (with reported mental health issues) armed with six guns - and a stash of seven more waiting at home.

We can write again and again that the victims of these tragedies and their families deserve our call for sane and sensible gun laws in America.

We can write again and again that the congressional stonewalling of any and all gun safety laws is an assault on our freedom and our right to live safely in this country.

We can write again and again that we have moved so far beyond the 2nd Amendment's Right to Keep and Bear Arms, that high grade assault weapons (their only purpose: rapid, mass killing), can now be found in almost any home and in any quiet neighborhood in America.

And we can write again and again about the thousands with serious mental health disorders who have no access to mental healthcare but have easy and rapid access to as many guns as they want, and can purchase these guns out of any car, any backpack or off of any internet site.

But when will our nation say enough?

Guns have killed 428 times more Americans than terrorism over the past decade.

So why is terrorism the enemy that we have spent trillions of dollars fighting? In the past ten years there have been 55 terrorism related deaths in America and 225 overseas. In that same time frame gun murders in America have claimed the lives 119,000 people. That is the real terrorism in our lives, and unrestricted access to firearms is the enemy we need to be fighting.

But we already know this... It is all nearly routine now: the grieving, the outrage, the pain, the numbness and then, the moving on ... until the next one.

So sadly predictable that -- I have an idea... and I think it ought to be a real time saver - a fill in the blanks Gun Violence Op Ed form for Americans:

Dear Editor:

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Christiane Brown is an Emmy Award winning television producer/writer, filmmaker, radio broadcast journalist and community organizer. A life-long activist for social change Christiane serves on the State Executive Committee of Brady, Nevada, (more...)

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