Local Voter Torn Between Democrats’ Plan To Reduce Gun Violence, And Republicans’ Plan To Do Nothing


St. Peters, MO—

The endless series of mass shootings in America has shaken the nation, and one local voter sat down with The Halfway Post to discuss his thoughts.

Mark Harmell voted for Barack Obama in two elections, but voted for Donald Trump because he thought even though Mr. Trump was a bit of a clown, Trump would try something new in government. However, Harmell has been disappointed in Trump’s effectiveness as President.

The issue that most disorients Harmell is America’s chronic gun violence problem, and he says the issue is just too complex to know what solution America should choose.

“It’s just all so much to consider,” explained Mr. Harmell. “There’s the issue of the Second Amendment being enshrined as an American right, but, then again, an amendment is already a revision of the Constitution in a sense, so why is there such a big deal about amending an amendment to include some sensible ground rules? But it really throws me off my balance when both political parties can’t agree on a compromise. It’s a real conundrum. On the one hand you have the Democrats, who have been proposing for decades rational regulations that would significantly improve the safety of the American public and dramatically cut down America’s alarming, globally leading number of gun victims every year, but on the other hand you have the Republicans who propose we change absolutely nothing at all no matter how many children are martyred for the unfettered right to have weapons designed principally for killing mass numbers of humans in war settings. How do you decide between such diametrically opposed positions?”

Harmell paused a moment.

“I just wish we could take a cooling-off period after each mass shooting, you know? But the Democrats and Republicans just jump back at each other’s throats with Democrats accusing Republicans of having blood on their hands because of their irresponsible inaction paid for by blatant NRA bribery, and Republicans shrugging and admitting they can’t stay in office without earning an A from the NRA every election. It’s like 50-50 in terms of who is to blame for the violence, you know? Like, I gotta flip a coin or something. It’s just complicated to make a decision between the detailed, study-analyzed policy strategies the Democrats offer and the complete lethargy Republicans offer. It’s as if both parties are exactly the same and equally corrupt. This is why we need a long break after every mass shooting to reflect before we politicize it. When dozens of people are preventably murdered, the last thing we need to do is rush to conclusions on whether or not we should actually start taking steps to prevent any future mass shootings. In fact, I’d reckon we as a nation should take 30 days off politically after every mass shooting in order for folks to fully form an opinion and properly determine a societal response. The only problem is that America never comes even close to going a whole 30 days without a mass shooting. Ah, man, I just don’t know. My gut tells me Republicans are right and that we should just accept mass shootings and general public fear as acceptable consequences of America’s 18th Century freedom to neighborhood military arsenals, but my brain tells me that’s stupid, and that I should have voted for Hillary Clinton.”

(Picture courtesy of Susanne Nilsson, of the Non-Violence sculpture at the Headquarters of the United Nations by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd.)

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