In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last week that left 17 people dead and dozens more injured, a weary nation has once again set its sights on simple, basic, commonsense gun reform.
Despite public outcry and deafening criticism from the vast majority of Americans, Trump and Republicans in Congress have offered little beyond the standard “thoughts and prayers.” Rather, they are opting to remain beholden to the NRA and hiding behind tepid platitudes about not wanting to infringe on second amendment rights.
A retired U.S. service member who served in Afghanistan, John T. O’Connell, took to Twitter to impart some simple advice to those clinging to their “right” to own deadly assault weapons.
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If you feel that you absolutely cannot live without firing one of these weapons, get your fat asses in shape and join the military like I did. #VetsForGunReform #MomsDemand #Everytown pic.twitter.com/2inPJL8nbX
— John T. O'Connell (@JohntotheOC) February 18, 2018
While Republicans continue to use the second amendment to justify the fact that military-grade killing machines are sold legally throughout the United States, Americans have been outspoken in their exasperation with GOP inaction regarding guns.
In Virginia’s 2017 election, a slew of Democratic candidates with hostile positions against the NRA – including newly elected governor Ralph Northam – handily defeated the NRA-backed Republican candidates. If this isn’t a bellwether of change, nothing is.
If Congress and the White House refuse to act, then they will be in for a rude awakening come November.