The people of Orlando are still in shock that terrorism has visited their doorsteps and that this terrorism was laced with hate against the LGBT community. Although law enforcement is still putting together all of the pieces of how and why this attack was planned and executed, there is much that all of us and our government can do in an effort to be more vigilant against gun violence in all communities.
Here are the results of some recent polls conducted just this week. This is the voice of the American people.
"In general, do you think laws covering the sale of guns should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?" 57% said more strict.
"Do you favor or oppose a federal law requiring background checks on all potential gun buyers?" 89% favor federal background checks.
"Do you favor or oppose a nationwide ban on assault weapons?" 57% favor a nationwide ban on assault weapons.
There are many who say that the problem is about behavior and not about guns. And of course that is a major part of the problem, but one must be in denial if they don’t see that easy legal access to purchasing guns as part of the problem. Just ask the people of Orlando. The question we must ask ourselves is why some local, state and federal politicians will NOT act.