Admittedly, the task is daunting. There are almost as many guns in our country as people. We have a love affair with guns and some claim that the right to bear arms is God given. The last time I checked, I don't believe the Bible or the Koran or the Talmud, or other religious writings mention guns. Now we all know how often religious conflicts become terrible wars and guns are used in the efforts to protect property, land, rights, etc. In fact, historically, many wars are caused by religious conflict and end in thousands of senseless deaths. In recent times, that means that guns were used to exact the toll of lives.
But we are not at war on our homeland. True, we have sent our military to other lands to "solve conflicts" sometimes not caused by us. We do this in the name of national security which is sometimes the actual case and sometimes not. The fact that our gun deaths amount to 10-40 times ( see above link to the Brady press release) as many as other countries not at war should be startling information. Gun deaths do not take a holiday. People are killed every day of the year, holiday, religious celebration, or not. Sometimes people are killed or injured because of the holiday. My friend, Joe, who now sits in a wheel chair in his home in Delaware, is a tragic reminder of that. When he was 11 years old, he was struck in the head by a bullet shot into the air by a New Year's Eve reveler in South Philly where he was visiting his grandmother. His life, and that of his parents, has never been the same. Now he is a young adult and an active advocate for sensible gun laws.
The same Brady press release ( see above) reminds of us of a terrible July 4th shooting in 1999, just one year after my friend Joe was injured. Here is that tragic story: "