When Will It Stop?


With 59 confirmed dead, over 500 injured and even more traumatized, our nation has once again seen the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Sunday, October 1, 2017 marks another day that will live in infamy. A sad distinction that was introduced just last year during the 2016 Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando. Before that, we suffered the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook, the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting and countless others in between. The endless barrage of death and destruction at the hands of woefully-lionized “lone gunmen” begs one to question, when will it stop?

When will we accept the fact that the nation’s founders never foresaw arms with the ability to unleash 600-900 rounds in 60 seconds when authoring the Second Amendment?

When will we pass sensible gun reform to ensure that our laws keep up with the ever-devolving machinations of would-be mass murderers?

When will we call these murderers out for what they are — terrorists?

When will Americans stop living in fear that simple activities such as going to school or work, dancing at a club or enjoying a concert may turn into a horror story?

When will it stop?

It will stop when members of our Congress put American lives before special interest dollars. It will stop when our Supreme Court recognizes that the right to bear arms is not the right to kill a 100 times over. It will stop when our President calls a spade, a spade and understands that anyone who picks up an automatic weapon of mass destruction with the intent to eviscerate as many innocent lives as possible is a terrorist. It will stop when common sense citizens band together to say enough is enough.

The Manhattan Young Democrats decry this senseless and cruel loss of life. We extend our most heartfelt condolences out to the victims, their families, first responders and law enforcement whose pain is immeasurable and heartache is inconsolable, at this time. Additionally, we firmly demand that action is taken by our leaders in Washington. We demand passage of legislation outlawing the sale of military-style automatic weapons. We demand serious measures to rout out and end terrorism at home, and we call for discourse that puts a premium on dignity and compassion for those other than oneself. Until this happens, we fear that our questions may never be answered; that this savage violence and terrorism may never stop.

Malik Wright
Manhattan Young Democrats


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