I've lost count of how many mass shootings there have been over the past few years, have you? I mean, can you honestly count off and name every single mass shooting? Can you name all the victims? How about the perpetrators?
What makes me sick to my stomach is that while we are "safe" sitting in our homes watching the news coverage of the most recent act of terror, and while families mourn over their deceased or pray at the bedside of their loved ones, the media wants to make sure we remember it's an election year.
*Gasp!* Can you believe what Hillary has to say?!
*GASP!* Can you believe what Trump is saying?!
Now, before I get too far into this, I'd like you to know that I consider myself a proud American, and a red blooded republican. I don't want my guns taken away from me, I believe in the Bible, and I think a healthy debate is good every once in a while.
But what I ALSO believe in? Love and Understanding.
I believe that you can believe in something completely different than I do, but we can still be friends. We can still understand and love each other as human beings.
Which leads me to the entire reason I'm writing this out in the first place.
I cannot count how many times I've seen posted in a status something along the lines of "Yeah! Go Trump! He's got the right idea! Give us our guns and BAN all the Muslims!"
I mean, the man said it himself:
He "called it" ("it" being another mass shooting, and really, haven't we all at this point?) and "asked for the ban" (the ban being on Muslim immigrants).
Here's the issue with that.
FIRST, the shooter in Orlando was a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN. So, no Mr. Trump, banning Muslim immigrants would NOT have helped in this situation.
Of the 10 deadliest shootings since 1984, one, ONE out of 12 shooters was not a natural born citizen of the United States but WAS of Pakistani decent. ONE. AND if you want to lump people together based on their nationalities and/or religions, let me break it down for you with just that:
2016: Orlando, Florida: 49 killed, 53 injured
The Shooter: Omar Mateen, 29, natural born citizen, parents of Afghani decent
2007: Blacksburg, VA (Virginia Tech): 32 killed, 17 injured
The Shooter: Seung-Hui Cho, 23, South Korean citizen, US permanent resident status
2012: Newtown, CT (Sandy Hook): 26 killed, 1 injured
The Shooter: Adam Lanza, 20, natural born citizen, Caucasian
1984: San Ysidro, CA (McDonalds Massacre): 21 killed, 19 injured
The Shooter: James Huberty, 42, natural born citizen, Caucasian
2015: San Bernadino, CA: 14 killed, 21 injured
The Shooters: Syed Farook, 28, natural born citizen, parents of Pakistani decent and Tashfeen Malik, 29, Pakistani born, lawful permanent US resident
1986: Edmond, OK: 14 killed, 6 injured
The Shooter: Patrick Sherrill, 44, natural born citizen, Caucasian
2009: Fort Hood, TX: 13 killed, 32 injured
The Shooter: Nidal Hasan, 39, natural born citizen, of Palestinian decent
1999: Columbine, CO: 13 killed, 24 injured
The Shooters: Eric Harris, 18, natural born citizen, Caucasian,
Dylan Klebold, 17, natural born citizen, Caucasian
2009: Binghamton, NY: 13 killed, 4 injured
The Shooter: Jiverly Wong, 42, born of Chinese decent in South Vietnam, became naturalized citizen in 1995
2012: Aurora, CO: 12 killed, 58 injured
The Shooter: James Holmes, 24, natural born citizen, Caucasian
So let's break this down.
75% of these shooters were NATURAL BORN CITIZENS
50% of the shooters were WHITE
16% were of Pakistani decent
8% were of Afghani decent
8% were of South Korean decent
8% were of Chinese decent
8% were of Palestinian decent
So by THAT logic, we should ban all white men born in the United States from being here, because they're the ones most likely to go on an incredibly deadly shooting spree.
Tell me, Mr. Trump, are you going to put a ban on all white males born here in the US? Should I watching my husband? Or my son for that matter in a few years?
To go even further, of the 12 shooters, 16% were either in the military or were previously. Should we ban all military? Because, as I see it, they are the most dangerous as they fall into multiple categories as they were all natural born citizens too.
Didn't think so.
Here's the thing. Everyone has these "quick fix" ways to solve the problem of mass shootings in America. But there's not going to be a "quick fix". There is no ONE way to solve this issue.
The real issue is that we need to come together as democrats, republicans, independents, AMERICANS, and work TOGETHER to find a solution. There is no one side that is 100% correct. The beauty of America is that we have these separate parties that SHOULD be working together to better America instead of always wanting to be the "right" one.
Being an adult, ESPECIALLY a leader, means understanding that sometimes you won't get your way. It means understanding that you can't ALWAYS be right. That sometimes, you have to compromise. I'm fairly certain our nation's leaders missed that part of growing up. I can only hope whoever becomes our next President learns it before taking office.
**Please note, while this post isn't exactly being the most supportive of Trump, I most certainly am NOT Pro-Hillary.**