These recent shootings are revelatory in that the shooters were ex-military suffering from mental issues and engaged in hate. It’s a huge clarion call, we need to wake up and realize that we have failed our veterans, those who decided to go to war, never took a second to put soldiers aftercare into the equation. My takeaway from the Dallas shooting was that no civilian should be able to purchase armor piercing bullets, never mind high capacity automatic weapons and the same with the Baton Rouge shooting. The police have enough on their plate, they shouldn’t have to deal with open carry headaches, forced to take the time to distinguish between a good guy with a gun from a bad guy with a gun. Our nation was founded on the ideals of peaceful protest and the rules of law. What happened in Dallas was a tragedy, a disturbed, disaffected veteran who had access to lethal military grade weapons, we have the tools available to us to make sure it becomes more difficult for anyone to replicate this mass murder. We have allowed our gun culture and distorted interpretation of the second amendment dominate the conversation, we need to turn the page and recognize that we have laid a fertile ground for violence, we need to reinstate the ban on military grade weapons for civilians, we need more proactive engagement in mental health and we have to take care of our veterans.
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