Since the Senate failed to pass four gun control measures, many celebrities have flocked to social media (or other outlets) to express their outrage at Congress’ inability to protect citizens from an endless pool of gun violence.
Entertainment News reported that Late Show host Stephen Colbert wasn’t shy about expressing his outrage that gun control messages failed in the Senate.
“Hey Senate, my dog accomplished more than you this week when it rolled over and licked its nuts. You guys think a terrorist watch list is when you put Homeland in your Netflix queue. You might as well ask the gun lobby to check for a hernia as long as they’ve got your balls in their hands… Senate, you accomplish so little that Kylie Jenner wants to know what the hell you do for a living.”
Singer John Legend blasted the Senate for what he believed was a shameful act of cowardice and disregard for the lives lost to endless gun violence in this country. He pivoted to the most recent mass shooting in Orlando, where 49 people were killed in a gay nightclub and many others were wounded.
According to Yahoo News, other celebrities like Mia Farrow, Billy Eichner, and Kristin Davis have joined a bevy of liberal celebrities who are incensed that gun control measures once again did not pass under a Republican-led body.
Every one of these celebrity-led missions to end gun violence is commendable, and I respect them for taking a stand. However, what I take issue with — especially on this subject — are celebrities jumping on a bandwagon based on emotion while disregarding the Constitutional rights of citizens. Yes, gun violence in this country is a problem. I agree our country needs to take a cold, hard look at why some people continue to spiral into the abyss and lack respect for others lives.
Here’s the thing: Many states already require gun dealers to perform a background check on people seeking to purchase a gun. On the Governing website, it notes that Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland, Iowa, Nebraska require background checks to purchase a handgun. The states of Illinois, California, Oregon, Washington, New York, Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Delaware require background for all gun purchases.
Many of these states aren’t free from gun violence. Chicago is a prime example of gun control that has little to no effect on the city. The Chicago Times reported that between January 1, 2016 to June 22, 2016, there were 1,803 shooting victims — so much for gun control. Criminals don’t follow laws — law-abiding gun owners do. Unfortunately, sometimes law-abiding citizens break the law. Still, why is the focus exclusively on legal means to purchase a gun and not the black market?
Of course, it’s easy for celebrities to say we need gun control when they can afford to hire private security to protect their homes and families. However, this isn’t an option for most Americans. We have to stop stigmatizing and placing more barriers on gun owners, enthusiasts, and hunters. Not everyone is out to kill, and most are, in fact, peaceful, law-abiding citizens who are just as horrified about gun violence as gun control advocates.
I too want to see an end to gun violence in this country and have supported gun control advocacy groups like Everytown for Gun Safety. But I also respect the Constitution and one’s second amendment right to bear arms, including that of a suspected terrorist. In this country, the alleged suspect doesn’t mean guilty beyond belief. There is this thing called due process, look it up — it’s in the Constitution.
In Yehuda Berg’s book, Rebooting: Defeating Depression With The Power Of Kabbalah, he notes about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population suffers from depression. The forms of depression include “major depression, dysthymia, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder (manic depression), seasonal affective disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, postpartum depress, psychotic depression, atypical depression, and agitated depression.”
Are we going to ban 9.5 percent of the population from their Constitutional right to own a gun because of a possibility they may or may not have a psychotic attack?
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