And some miles away in Wisconsin, here is yet another fatal shooting in the headlines. This one was different because the victim was suicidal with evidence that he wanted to harm or kill himself. When officers tried to intervene, he started shooting so they fired back and the man was found dead inside of the house. So the point of my blog is to make my argument that there are just plain too many shootings in a given day. Unbelievably, in spite of these factual articles, there are those on the side of gun rights who don't believe this many shootings are happening every day. The main concern of these people is that they have their guns for self defense against some unknown person lurking around every corner ready to do them harm. And yet, here is what is really happening every day in our country-80 deaths a day due to guns. The majority are suicides, then come homicides, followed by accidental deaths. I have written about all three in my blog. Recently a "gun guy" wrote a comment complaining about the Brady Campaign keeping a running tally of gun deaths and injuries in the upper right hand corner of their web page. Check it out for yourself. So far this year, the numbers show that 60, 527 people have been killed or injured by guns and so far today, 237! If these numbers don't make the point, what will? And we shrug because the problem seems so big that most feel helpless in the face of these numbers.
We can act and we must act. Individuals can make a difference if they would get involved in simple ways. Making a phone call to Senators and Representatives or sending an e-mail or letter to urge action on federal legislation that could begin to make a dent in the daily toll doesn't take much time. Watch this video of Colin Goddard, survivor of the Virginia Tech shootings, testifying at the House Judiciary Committee last week in a forum about the gun show loophole. He is one person but one person who has been deeply affected by gun injuries and the deaths that occurred all around him. If our Congress is listening with open ears, unaffected by the extreme rhetoric of the NRA, they will do something. You can help. Get involved. It's easy and your action in the interest of public safety may save a life.