The tragic shooting of Houston Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth highlights the problem of gun violence in America. Goforth was shot in the back 15 times with a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun while in full uniform. If a fully armed police officer isn’t safe on the streets of America, how can any of us feel secure?
As guns have flooded into our communities, they’ve become become a modern day plague on America. Since 1968, guns have killed more Americans than all the wars combined. This period coincides with the rise of the NRA, the extremist group that has pushed for removing all restrictions on firearms. The NRA was once associated with responsible gun ownership with hunters and hobbyists protecting the Second Amendment. That all changed in 1977 when the far right took over the NRA. Since then, the NRA has grown out of control into an extremist group with leaders engaging in the most frightening rhetoric. It’s time to say ALL LIVES MATTER and take a stand against groups like the NRA who protect the crazies and spread mayhem and sorrow across the United States.
It’s understood that the the NRA is one of the most powerful lobbies in American government. Politicians are scared to death to raise the issue when the gun nuts are always ready to ambush the next politician who tries to reign in gun extremism. ALL LIVES MATTER is about taking back the streets and providing safe communities and workplaces that are free from gun violence. Remember in the Old West when the sheriff made everyone check their guns at the town’s edge? These gun-free zones allowed citizens the opportunity to live in peace and make America the greatest place on earth. Since the NRA has taken over the gun debate, gun owners are increasingly seen as extremists. The NRA is feared, but it is not respected. It likes to pretend it’s standing up for freedom, when it’s really just a scary interest group with an out-of-touch leadership saying bizarre and dangerous things.
ALL LIVES MATTER will protect the 2nd Amendment while taking back America’s streets. We all have the right to fill our gas tank without being shot in the back. Children need to grow up in communities where handguns aren’t shoved down their throat, found on every street corner, and glamorized by the gun fanatics in Hollywood. Nobody is safe from gun violence. It’s time to stand up and say, ALL LIVES MATTER!