How many mass shootings does this country have to see before we finally address that gun control doesn’t work? From the many military base shootings, the evil Newton school massacre, the Aurora movie theatre carnage, and the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at the Orlando Pulse nightclub, are we just supposed to get used to being sitting-ducks? Are we just supposed to hear politicians pontificating about how they need to take more of our self-defense and our rights away? Or can we come to our common sense and turn to our Bill of Rights and our 2nd Amendment?
However, sadly, we may be used to the status quo already. Early Sunday morning featured another massacre at the Cameo nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio. 15 people were shot, one fatally, and others are still in critical condition. There were hundreds of people at the club that night. Police say that there were multiple shooters, whom, as of this writing, are still at large.
Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate tweeted that “there are no indications this incident is terrorism related.” In addition, Captain Kimberly Williams said at a televised briefing, “At this point it’s unclear exactly what instigated the shooting. We believe that there were at least a couple of shooters involved. Just a lot of chaos when the shots went off.”
Police also said that Cameo employs off-duty police officers to patrol the parking lot, according to Police Chief Eliot Isaac, and anyone who wants to enter gets patted down by security. Nevertheless, some people were able to sneak guns into Cameo.
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But no one is talking about the underlying issue that could have stopped this massacre from occurring. And that is our right to bear arms.
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Would this story have ended differently if a weapon were already in the club?
What if an armed undercover guard, whose main job would be to stop incidents like this from occurring, was present? Obviously, it’s hard to argue against the notion that people under the influence shouldn’t have easy access to a weapon, just like they shouldn’t to car keys. But what if, like a designated driver, there was a designated shooter for these purposes?
No one knows if the story would have ended differently. But it’s easy to speculate, by pure logic, that Cameo wouldn’t have been an easy target for these shooters. They would’ve realized that anyone with a weapon could have stopped the shooters before they decided to commit their heinous crimes.
This is America. We should not have to live in fear when we have a right, under the 2nd Amendment, to defend ourselves and our families. And that’s no one else’s business. No politician should claim to be holier than thou and constantly pontificate that the average American is too stupid or irresponsible to own or use a firearm.
It’s time for the gun control nonsense to end, once and for all.
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