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home : opinion : editorial
September 16, 2019


8/15/2019 3:23:00 PM
Time for action

Another week has passed along with two more mass shootings, trailed by grief, anger and frustration.
It has all become far too commonplace, too numbing for the American public. Do people have answers to this growing problem?
Sure. Lots of them.
The answers come in all shapes and sizes, from all corners of the political spectrum. The problem is no one ever gives these answers a chance to succeed.
As a country, we are too busy arguing, politicizing and posturing.
We can almost hear people thinking, "By God, let's not give the other side an inch. If we do, the floodgates will open."
It's as if any steps toward addressing the mass shooting problem are trapped by an issue that has plagued our country for some time now - political gridlock.
We've reached the point where leaders of our parties never give ground on any issue. They believe that would show weakness. And, when they look around, they see partisan constituents cheering them on.
It's almost as if lawmakers would sooner see no action, rather than take action that would improve conditions in our country.
"After all, there's an election to be won."
Well, years of political infighting becomes a big problem when it comes time to solve something both parties truly want to address quickly - a critical issue such as mass shootings. They've lost the ability to work together. There's no trust, no teamwork for our country.
Granted, there are no simple, or quick solutions to the mass shooting problem. But we, as a country, must do something.
If we need some type of legislation, then let's get to work on it. Or, if the answers are more societal, we need to see action in that area - even if it begins with political leaders speaking directly to the public with a shared message in some type of joint national advertising campaign.
Today, residents in Ohio and Texas are hurting in the wake of an attack. Tomorrow, it could be residents of Minnesota.
As always, thoughts and prayers are helpful, but we need more.
    - Rahn Larson







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