Gun violence

Feeling Safe

My wife and I want to wish the shooting victims Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Matt Mika speedy recoveries. They are currently in critical condition. In addition, I want to salute the two members of the Capitol police who were shot, Crystal Griner and David Bailey. Without their quick reaction and bravery, the shooting could have turned into a massacre.

As all of the interviewed members of Congress said, this is a horrible event.

The real issue came out when reporter Hallie Jackson asked a congressman, “Do you feel safe on a day-to-day basis?”

“We all want to feel safe,” my wife said. And that gets to the crux of the problem. People don’t feel safe.

First, it is hard to feel safe when people can walk around with assault rifles. Second, no civilian needs a high-capacity magazine. The shooter at the baseball practice, James T. Hodgkinson, had both.

Hodgkinson once shot several dozen rounds into the woods near his home and had a history of domestic abuse. Either one should have revoked his gun ownership privileges.

Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution states:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States (emphasis added).

Please, I am asking all members of Congress to provide for the “general Welfare.” A great way to start would be by making us all feel safe.