Another day, another shooting, this time at an Old Bridge, New Jersey supermarket called Pathmark. It was 4 a.m. and as of now, details are pretty fuzzy. What is clear is that the gunman is dead and this is the fifth shooting this summer. When are we going to say enough is enough?
As the news unfolds, it seems that it was another disgruntled employee, much like the shooting last week in New York City. This time, it seems the 23-year-old gunman, an ex-marine killed two people and then himself. Since this did happen just one state over from the Manhattan shooting, it begs the question: Was this a copycat? Had he already planned this shooting?
Something is very wrong in a society where there can be five mass shootings in one summer and still people think guns are fine in our society. After all, guns don't shoot people. Can you see the eye-roll from where you are sitting?
We have a problem with gun violence in this country. Sure, other countries have had shootings, too. We aren't alone in this. But five in a two-month span? I think not. There is something very broken here. And no one seems to care.
"This is not the time to talk about gun violence," we keep saying, but then when is? Sure, it's an election year, but five shootings -- the Dark Knight one; the Sikh temple one; the Baltimore school one; the Empire State Building one; now this -- says something else. It says we NEED to do something.
This isn't normal or right. These shootings have to stop, and the only way to do that is to assess the gun culture we have in this country. Why do people think they need guns? And why can't they understand the ACTUAL wording in the Constitution?
It's amazing that there are still people who believe guns don't kill people after this summer. It breaks my heart that three more families have to bury loved ones. Something needs to change and it needs to change now.
Do you think Washington needs to get tougher on guns?