TERI MERRILL

My heart is breaking from the past few weeks of watching the reality of what goes on in our American cities, suburbs and rural communities, as it’s clear that our adherence and reverence to so-called “Second Amendment rights” must end. We have a gun violence epidemic in this country, and a certain segment of society sees no other solution than to offer “thoughts and prayers.”

We had six people develop blood clots from an American-made vaccine, out of millions who successfully received it, and our government chose to “pause” the entire process to study the issue.

Eight people died in Indianapolis from gun violence — and too many innocents to count have been shot, maimed, killed before that — and still there is vocal minority who scream that their “rights” take precedence over the rest of us, who strive for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Fellow Americans, have we lost our ability to reason? Gun violence takes too many lives each year to justify our anemic approach to gun control legislation. We need a vigorous national system to register, track, tax and research gun ownership and gun violence. You think these killings are due to mental health? Other countries have mental health issues but have nowhere near the gun violence in a year that we have in a month.

Guns kill people, period. Let’s follow that logic and do the hard work to tax and register the sale of all guns and ammunition; tax and register all gun owners; allow gun manufacturers to be held liable; track and tax the purchase of guns in private gun sales; ban ghost guns; fund federal and private research into gun violence; and do everything within our means to end gun violence in this country.

Are you tired of being embarrassed and ashamed every time you watch another news clip about gun violence in this country? Call your U.S. and state senator and representative and tell them it’s time time to let reason and science guide this country when it comes to ending the scourge of gun violence.

Teri Merrill is a resident of Winchester

(54) comments

Doc Samson

Going to share this again because these Prog-Left comments are textbook!

https://beinglibertarian.com/5-nasty-leftist-debate-tricks-to-watch-out-for/

hagansan

Readers seeking to comment in defense of high capacity firearms ownership need to be reoriented back into reality. They should travel to the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, where Stephen Paddock killed 60 and wounded over 400 with weapons of mass lethality, weapons which clearly transcend any alternative method of evil for such paranoid psychotics. They should be required to offer their condolences to the families of the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook, or the mothers of Samaria Blackwell or Karli Smith of the FedEx shooting, girls filled with youthful promise until they were so cruelly snuffed out. They should be made to see firsthand and required to assist the legions of family therapists trying to stem the epidemic tide of domestic violence, tragic accidents, inexplicable shootings and suicides. Our spittle-flinging Lizard Prince founding father necromancers must be made to see that they cannot time travel back and speak for the framers of the Constitution, egalitarian colonial agronomists who processed muzzle loading weapons and didn't understand electricity. The idea that armed citizens could overcome military forces is simply absurd--despite their militant braying, even legions of Glock packing patriots could not stop a single Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Our flag waving radical right chauvinists must ultimately realize that armed resistance is not the way to confront authoritarianism and conclude, just as the vast majority of citizens have already concluded, that automatic assault weapons play no role in the opposition of tyranny, which must be confronted with nonviolent protest, general strikes, and massive demonstrations. We simply must, and we surely will, act to curb the insanity of mass killings over the irrational beliefs of a paranoid militant minority.

shinyhappypeople

Amen to this, hagansan!

Doc Samson

Hyperbole? Check. Obtuseness of the Constitution? Check. Misplacing blame? Check. All that's "left" is the cry for gun confiscation in the name of "safety"...

C'mon, hagan-chan! You can do it! Better to take away all freedoms from law abiding citizens than for the FBI or other law enforcement to act on the info before a tragedy, right?

hagansan

The projectile of a 81mm mortar weighs 10 lbs and has a kill zone of 115 feet.

I WANT ONE!!

Doc Samson

@hagan-chan - Excellent doubling down on the hyperbole! [thumbup] [lol]

Old Western Man

Just how much violence are you willing to exert in order to inflict your dystopia on the rest of us, and help realize the totalitarian state?

Civil protests can certainly be effective while a society remains relatively free; but how’s peaceful protest working out in Hong Kong, Iran, Myanmar, etc?

Maybe the ever fearful gun grabbers should take a longer walk down memory lane, and be “re-oriented” to a broader reality.

The worst genocides of the 20th Century (160 million killed)

– Mao Ze-Dong (China, 1958-61 and 1966-69, Tibet 1949-50) 49-78,000,000

– Jozef Stalin (USSR, 1932-39) 23,000,000 (the purges plus Ukraine’s famine)

– Adolf Hitler (Germany, 1939-1945) 12,000,000 (concentration camps and civilians WWII)

– Leopold II of Belgium (Congo, 1886-1908) 8,000,000

– Hideki Tojo (Japan, 1941-44) 5,000,000 (civilians in WWII)

– Ismail Enver (Turkey, 1915-20) 1,200,000 Armenians (1915) + 350,000 Greek Pontians and 480,000 Anatolian Greeks (1916-22) + 500,000 Assyrians (1915-20)

– Pol Pot (Cambodia, 1975-79) 1,700,000

– Kim Il Sung (North Korea, 1948-94) 1,600,000 (purges and concentration camps)

– Menghistu (Ethiopia, 1975-78) 1,500,000

– Yakubu Gowon (Biafra, 1967-1970) 1,000,000

– Leonid Brezhnev (Afghanistan, 1979-1982) 900,000

– Jean Kambanda (Rwanda, 1994) 800,000

– Saddam Hussein (Iran 1980-1990 and Kurdistan 1987-88) 600,000

– Tito (Yugoslavia, 1945-1987) 570,000

– Sukarno (Communists 1965-66) 500,000

– Fumimaro Konoe (Japan, 1937-39) 500,000? (Chinese civilians)

– Jonas Savimbi (Angola, 1975-2002) 400,000

– Mullah Omar – Taliban (Afghanistan, 1986-2001) 400,000

– Idi Amin (Uganda, 1969-1979) 300,000

– Yahya Khan (Pakistan, 1970-71) 300,000 (Bangladesh)

– Benito Mussolini (Ethiopia, 1936; Libya, 1934-45; Yugoslavia, WWII) 300,000

– Mobutu Sese Seko (Zaire, 1965-97) ?

- Charles Taylor (Liberia, 1989-1996) 220,000

Doc Samson

@Old Western Man - Leftists never met a defenseless population decimated by it's own go'vt that they couldn't ignore... [rolleyes]

Old Western Man

Sadly true Doc.

Spock Here

Thank you Dr. Hagan, excellent!

Old Western Man

The irony of this vacuous letter posting on Patriots' Day should not be lost.

Cheers to Captain Parker and his band of brothers! "Stand your ground." - JP

Chupacabra

Wrong. PEOPLE kill people. Weapons of any kind are merely tools. They cannot be used without people using them. The problem is not weapons, the problem is that human life is not valued as much anymore as it used to be. Instead of talking about our differences and relishing in/respecting the fact that we are all different, people who think they are superior to others take to killing people, putting them down, calling them vile names that are not true, merely because we think differently. Get off social media, and get rid of the politicians who promise everything but do nothing day in and day out.

Spock Here

People choose a military weapon that can kill a boatload of people in a minute. There is something wrong with that.

Chupacabra

That's an issue with the person, not the tool.

hagansan

"The problem is not weapons" ...

In the second half of the twentieth century the suicide rate in Britain dropped precipitously, due to the conversion away from monoxide containing coal gas to natural gas. The dramatic fantasy of succumbing to the miasmatic fumes gave way, especially in depressed young women, to a more realistic assessment of their emotional plight and a chance for redemption. Weapons do indeed contribute significantly to the suicidal or homicidal threshold for many, especially depressed youth with access to handguns, as innumerable authorities can confirm.

Thus it is simply untrue that the conduct of the emotionally disturbed is not affected by the availability of lethal weapons. Moreover, to contend thus is so simplistic and lacking in comprehension as to cast a harsh condemnation upon this point of contention as unrealistic, cruel, braying chauvinism.

shinyhappypeople

Oh I know a tool when I see one. And vehicles don't randomly attack innocent people either, but the damage they do when violent, impaired, or mentally ill people are behind the wheel makes licensing the vehicle and having strict procedures in place to ensure that the public is not paying a price with their lives because people who have access to the cars shouldn't be allowed to drive. Cars can be valuable tools and can be used to accomplish great things....but they can also be dangerous weapons when used in the wrong way by the wrong people. The last two weeks alone show why our current laws are not working and why much more needs to be done.

Chupacabra

The current common sense gun laws on the books are not being enforced, we don't need new ones.

DavidSparkman

Welcome to the Idiots corner. Gun control laws don't work you say? Have you actually tried them? No you haven't. Leftists promote gun violence for their desired end of disarming the country. A gang member in Chicago has got himself another illegal gun. The Leftists take his gun away and give him a few days in jail. That is really not what the law calls for. A shooter in Indy has his shotgun taken away because his mother thinks he is suicidal. The law calls for a hearing. Nope, won't bother enforcing that law. So no record is kept and he buys another gun. Violent kind in Florida has his record of violence wiped clean at 18, buys gun and shoots up school. Kid in Virginia is deemed mental, but court doesn't turn in report to authorities so kid buys gun and shoots up university. This is not a failure of the law, it is a failure of enforcement. Why do we fail to enforce existing laws and then yell for more draconian laws? Well it could be some kind of stupid, or it could be just an effort to create chaos to destroy our society.

Spock Here

So glad we have Sparky the Einstein here to blather about "leftists" and "idiots" who are trying to destroy society.....The government really comes for your guns, sparky the seditionist, they'll get them. They have the good stuff, like nukes, and you don't stand a chance. Quit babbling a gun lobby's talking points and raising money off your lies.

Doc Samson

[lol][lol][lol] The gov't is going to use nukes for gun confiscation? Wow, between you and Hagan-chan and BHG, y'all project a regular Hollywood production fantasy land...

Spock Here

Of course they aren't, Mr. Attention Seeker. But the scenario of goobers grabbing their pistols to defend us from the gubmint takers is a fantasy land in its own right.

Dadof3

Here, I have fixed the following sentence:

“We need a vigorous national system to register, track, tax and research religious membership and religious sponsored violence”.

Old Western Man

"Useful idiot" pablum regurgitating the more “gun control” panacea.

Eighty plus years of extensive federal gun control infringements have not delivered on the utopian promise sought, yet surrendering the next increment of our civil rights somehow will.

NFA 1934

FFA 1938

OCCSSA 1968

GCA 1968

FOPA 1986

UFA 1988

GFZA 1990

BHVPA 1993

I’m rather tired, embarrassed, and ashamed of so-called Americans who would sacrifice their liberties on the false promise of safety.

"I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude." - Thomas Jefferson

hagansan

And yet many, if not most of the advanced countries on our planet do not have a problems of this magnitude.

Old Western Man

Checking my copies of both the Virginia and US Constitutions to find the sections citing deference to what other nations do or don’t do, and I can’t find anything.

Aside from the unfettered genocide some call “choice”, the most dangerous thing all of us face daily is getting into a vehicle. On average nearly 100 people will tragically die today (and every day) in vehicle accidents, yet nary a peep out of the “safety at any cost” hand-wringers. Despite media and political hype to further their statist agenda, there are far greater societal risks to life than the individual’s God given right to keep and bear arms. Read a history book, there’s no greater mass murderer in human history than the State. Sufficient evidence for a rational mind, that the State must never become the "safe" repository entrusted with all firearms.

Spock Here

God given right? No, it's not. "Promote the general welfare" and "regulate" the "militia men" Your paranoia is showing.

Old Western Man

@ Spock Here: and as we've come to enjoy, your historical and philosophical ignorance is on display.

Chupacabra

God did not give us guns. God gave us free will.

Old Western Man

@ Chupacabra: no one suggested God gave us guns. The Founders/Framers recognized inalienable rights must originate from God. If not, they are merely grants of the State and not rights at all. The right to keep and bear arms, is merely the natural right of self defense. Possession and use of arms more specifically, gives substance to the right.

Chupacabra

@Old Western Man - "....Despite media and political hype to further their statist agenda, there are far greater societal risks to life than the individual’s God given right to keep and bear arms...." You just said that God gave individuals the right to keep and bear arms. Then you go and say no one suggested God gave us guns. Man invented guns. Guns are not the issue, it is the person using them.

hagansan

And the running score last year: handgun deaths in Japan, under a dozen. In Canada, under 260. In America, over 38,000, including suicides which could possibly have been prevented or afforded some kind of intervention before the victims blew their brains out.

Blackhorsegirl

The Sandy Hook individual was known to be mentally ill. His mother, a gun enthusiast, would go target shooting with all kinds of guns until he murdered her and then children and teachers.

Red flag laws need to be stronger. They didn’t work for the 8 poor people murdered in Indianapolis. The murderer’s family had put up red flags but last year this individual was legally buying automatic weapons.

Dadof3

There is some legitimacy to your comment. The problem is that we cannot seem to compromise on the issue. One such sticking point for me is that we as a nation tend to take people’s civil rights away and never give them back. In our criminal justice system, a person can never do enough to redeem themselves for past actions. Just look at all the Governor’ pardons to restore people’s civil rights. Have you noticed that they don’t include gun rights? It’s the all or nothing approach of each political party that is driving this discussion.

Blackhorsegirl

Red Flag laws need to be controlled by the courts with the red flagged individuals having a court advocate.

Blackhorsegirl

That’s petty. He murdered 8 people. Who cares what kind of weapon he used.

Chupacabra

"...The murderer’s family had put up red flags but last year this individual was legally buying automatic weapons..." You said he was buying automatic weapons. The fact is that he can't legally do so without going through a TON of legal hoops and licensing.

Chupacabra

The crazy killer in Indianapolis did not buy or use an automatic weapon.

cuphaus

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Catherine Giovannoni

I agree. It's past time for sensible gun safety laws.

Dadof3

What is “sensible”? Does it include restoring people’s gun rights after a period of time of good behavior? Does it allow people to redeem themselves and show they can be and are good citizens?

Spock Here

A minority of Americans are controlling the dialog. We are in no way insuring domestic tranquility nor promoting the general welfare. And the "militia" is not "well regulated."

Doc Samson

"Guns kill people, period"

Wrong... again. How many of these mentally ill people were already "known" to law enforcement ahead of time? The laws we ALREADY HAVE aren't enforced... so your answer is more laws? Leftist "logic" at it's finest. Explain, in detail, how you plan on removing guns from criminals BEFORE taking them from law abiding citizens. THAT would be common sense...

And, on a side note, I doubt there is much that Ms. Merrill doesn't find embarrassing about her country...

Bose-Einstein

On a side note, most of these mass killers were law abiding citizens until they decided to buy an AR-15 and start shooting people.

Doc Samson

On a side note... proof of this?

hagansan

So whether it's catastrophic climate change, blind obedience to the authoritarian rants of a chauvinistic harlequin, shamelessly manipulated Q worshipers awaiting "the Storm", or absurdly misinformed positions on the second amendment, the radical right reverts to the childish denial of a first grader to cope with what clearly cannot be resolved by pretending that it isn't happening. The only question that remains is "how many innocents must die and whose lives must be ruined before the only country on the planet with this problem finally comes to grip with it?"

Old Western Man

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hagansan

"Explain in detail . . ." --OK, we will always have personal firearms, but how about:

Banning all handguns over 24 caliber with muzzle energy over 65 Joules, 4 shot maximum manually operated not automatic. Buy back, destroy & replace all existing handguns (the manufacturers will love this!). Establish a nationwide residential/re-education system (prison) for violators. Register the ammunition for these self defense weapons with trace levels of elemental exotic metals which serve as a digital identifying tag.

Restrict long rifles to manually operated (or black powder muzzleloading). Only chartered state "militias" under the Governor's authority can possess modern self-loading weapons which can only be unlocked from the militia's armory by the action of three executive officers for range work or competition-- as described by the Second Amendment! Require the militias participate in civil political science tutorials and also be available to assist in community action and disaster relief. Establish more stringent requirements for securing firearms in the home and psychological evaluation for handgun carry permits. This would all be most extraordinary and quite expensive, but certainly no more absurd than insisting that we must endure the wholesale slaughter and mayhem which now afflicts our society. More than anything we must adopt the moral position that this current carnage simply cannot be allowed to continue. Are we the only country on the planet to allow this outrage?

Chupacabra

If citizens do not have access to personal weapons of similar capabilities that our law enforcement and military have access to, how are we to defend ourselves from a tyrannical government? I'm not talking about tanks and missiles and nukes, I'm talking about firearms exclusively.

shinyhappypeople

Please stop little-boying with your revolutionary /civil war revenge theme scenarios. There is no militia thats hiding in the hills that will come out with their muskets and their uzi’s to return slave’s to the plantation and order to your unordered world. Guns need to be regulated, licensed, and mental health check requirements for gun ownership need to be vastly improved/speeded up. But you aren’t about to take on the US military, and your plea for firearms exclusively and not nukes or tanks is both hilarious and horrifying, but i doubt you see either. You really believe that by owning guns it allows “patriots” to be at-the-ready against the United States military? So sad and so out of touch you are.....

Blackhorsegirl

Of which tyrannical government are you speaking? If you’re worried about Trump’s nasty mouth, his support of white supremacy groups, and the individuals who attacked, vandalized, destroyed, defecated on, and murdered at our Capital, well, fortunately he’s out of office, and the criminals from the attack on the Capital have been arrested.

What are you afraid of? Gun control swat teams bursting into your home? Oh, great, just what we need. More conspiracies that take you people into Alice’s insane rabbit holes.

hagansan

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Chupacabra

We're having a discussion here, no name calling or political ranting is necessary. Any government can become tyrannical in a short amount of time if the governed have no way of preventing tyranny in the first place. Hitler disarmed Poland, then attacked. The people were defenseless against him. Point being, People will find a way to kill others, it cannot be prevented. They will use whatever tools are available to them to kill with. You cannot blame the tool, it cannot work without a person to use it.

Blackhorsegirl

I believe gun owners are paranoid and fearful of their own making. They don’t wish to be part of the solution and, to be honest, not worth engaging with on the subject.

Chupacabra

Who's "solution"? If you aren't willing to listen to both sides of the issue, then you are not worth discussing it with.

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