• Christine Stevens

List: Reasons Why Our State Can’t Hold a Vigil...

...For Our Recently Massacred Citizens

-We can’t because Massachusetts hasn’t had a mass shooting since…we had a mass shooting in 2000 and we tightened our already tight gun laws. No slaughtered citizens = no vigils.

-We can’t because we have the strictest gun laws and second lowest number of gun deaths in the country.

-We can’t because instead of our politicians telling us “now is not the time for dealing with this very complicated issue” they said “It’s pretty fu*%$#’ simple. We will enact laws that make it at least as difficult to obtain a gun as it is to buy more than one box of Sudafed."

-We can’t, even though it would feel nice to hold a candle or a sign or speak to a reporter about our community coming together to offer thoughts and prayers for the victims. Because instead of thoughts and prayers, we legislated extensive background checks and licensing requirements. We banned bump stocks and trigger cranks. We required training in gun safety. Waiting periods. Interviews. The sort of stuff you do to reasonably solve a very obvious problem.

-We can’t because our gun ownership rate is among the lowest in the country. Where there are more guns, there are more gun deaths (and not just from homicide - 60% of US gun deaths are from suicide) and we’ve managed to make it such a pain in the ass to get a gun that most of the angry white males jonesing to shoot up their workplace or school or shopping mall or movie theater or church simply give up and return to playing Call of Duty in the basement.

-We can’t because we banned assault weapons twenty years ago.

-We can’t because we have living proof that sensible gun laws work. And by living proof we mean all the people that are still living because of these laws. Did we mention we haven’t had a mass shooting since we tightened our gun laws?

by Christine Stevens

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