Only this morning

By Guy deBoer / Publisher KONK Life

This morning, I woke up to a distressing news story of an 84-year-old white man who shot a young black boy who had mistakenly rang his doorbell. This elderly man, without provocation or warning, took the life of an innocent boy. The fear and anger I feel towards American politicians, the NRA, and legally-permitted gun-holding citizens is causing me immense stress and despair.

Almost every day, we witness American citizens misusing their firearms, causing harm and injury not only to their intended targets but to the community as a whole. It is deeply concerning to see how the rhetoric around the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms has driven some individuals to kill each other without any apparent reason.

Only recently, we saw yet another shooting incident where a group of young people drove up a long rural driveway, only to be shot at as they were leaving. The homeowner shot blindly into their vehicle, killing a 20-year-old passenger. The victims did not act in any threatening manner, and yet the shooter felt justified in taking a life.

I implore politicians, podcasters, YouTubers, and conservative publications to think deeply about the consequences of their words. The rights of American citizens to carry arms should not come at the cost of innocent lives. We need to instill stricter gun requirements for American citizens to prevent senseless acts of violence.

How many more innocent lives need to be lost before we take action? Will it take someone we know, or even ourselves, being harmed or killed before we demand change? We cannot let fear and anger drive us to harm each other. We must work together to create a safer and more just society for all.

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