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Friday, June 26, 2015

"I've had to make statements like this too many times"

We could roll with "Georgia on my mind" since I go through Atlanta to get to Charleston but...not quite.


From my Spring Break trip to Charleston last year

So here's my understanding of what's going on: a young caucasian man murdered 9 african-american citizens in a church due to racial hatred.

I can't help but think - why is this still an issue?

Why are we still debating whether or not we need gun control? Why are we still classifying racial issues as a thing of the past?

"We as a country, we have to reckon with the fact that this mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," President Obama said last week.

So many people have expressed their sadness and remorse that an event such as this happened yet again.

But I ask you to think today, at what point do we all realize that enough is enough? How much is it going to take for us, as a nation, to realize that gun control has to happen? I would love for everyone to be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights in a safe way, but frankly, I don't think that's possible anymore.

Guns are misused so often now that we've nearly become immune to how often shootings happen.

How much is enough? How many Charlestons, Virginia Techs, Sandy Hooks, Auroras, how many do we need to have?

For a long time, I have tried to see the side of those who are in favor of preserving Second Amendment rights at all costs. I told myself that they wanted these rights because of the governmental precedent it would maintain - the people can override the government. However, I am now struggling to see their side. I cannot imagine any justification for the easily accessible use of guns anymore.

I would love to hear some of your thoughts on this issue.

My prayers go out to the loved ones of the Charleston victims.

xx, Victoria

18 comments:

  1. SUCH a sad situation... really heartbreaking and terrible. :( xx, Karen // Glam Karen

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  2. It's a horrible situation. It saddens me deeply. Unfortunately, I don't think taking away guns is the answer- in my mind it is only a bandaid, not a fix. Where there's a will, there's a way, and people crazy enough to do that, will find a way to do something similar even if they took away guns. Even if we eradicated guns, they'd still be on the black market, etc. I think part of my reasoning is that I come from a family of hunters, with more guns in the house that I have fingers and firmly believe that guns don't kill, people do. Honestly I don't know the answer. My only current though process is love and teaching the next generation to love everyone. The only way to overcome hate is love.

    thanks for the thought provoking post!

    elle
    Southern Elle Style

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  3. It is such a sad thing that happened! I feel terrible for all the people that were affected xo

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  4. Honestly, I am still weary about which side I am on. That's as much as I'd probably discuss about it though haha, BUT. The shooting was very sad and it's times like those where we should pray for those who have a desire to kill.

    xoxo, Nickie of www.nickieanddime.com

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  5. It's sad what our country is coming to. It happens to much and I wish all the violence would stop. Going around and shooting people isn't solving anything. It's only making matters worse.

    XO,
    Amanda || www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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  7. The whole situation is completely sad & heartbreaking. But I completely agree with Elle, in the comment above. To me, gun control isn't the answer. "Bad" people will still find guns on the black market if we eradicated guns and the "good" people wouldn't have a gun to defend themselves if need be. It's a scary situation. We have the right to bare arms and I hope & pray it stays that way! All my love goes out to the victims and families. <3
    xoxo,
    Amanda | www.TheChambrayBunny.com

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  8. What happened in Charleston was tragic and just a result of the abundance of evil our world is faced with today. I also do not think gun control is the answer. There are always ways of breaking the rules and these bad people will find a way if they need one. Prayers definitely go out to the victims and families of this tragic event.

    Xo,

    Brittany || Pretty & Sassy

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  9. I completely agree with you. Gun control has to happen. There are black markets in every country, yet the statistics are very clear, it's only in the US (among 1st world countries) where gun violence is an issue of thousands of deaths. While bad people would still make their way to get guns, no righteous citizen should have anything to hide in a background check.

    Also, lovely blog! :)
    xx,

    Ane | Basque Prep

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  10. It's definitely a sad situation, but unfortunately I don't know that gun control is the solution. The problem is the people in this world we live in. We find more and more mental issues and disease the longer and more we research it (I studied psych in college.) Gun control or not, these troubled sometimes psychopathic individuals will do what they're going to do with or without a gun control law. Laws are created to keep people who respect laws and control at bay, but if you have a troubled mind and issues in general gun control won't stop you. You will still kill 10 people in a movie theatre because of a psychological breakdown; you will still shoot an African American for no reason other than deep hatred, but a gun law will not keep you from doing that.

    I don't even want to get into the concept with racism & cops because I am even MORE passionate about that haha! Glad you wrote a post about this because we in the blogging community need to start sharing our opinions on bigger topics than just our "outfit of the day" so I truly applaud you for writing this post! xx

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  11. It is such a sad situation!! Unfortunately, I don't think gun control would really do much... the people who want them badly enough would still find a way to get ahold of them. Wish we could figure out someway to solve the problem!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  12. Thank you ALL for sharing your thoughts on this issue! I know it is controversial, and there isn't one specific way to solve the problem. As someone who is hoping to go to law school one day, it is important to discuss topics like this that will hopefully get some legislation created in the coming future.
    Thanks again for telling me what you think, I LOVED reading all of your opinions!

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  13. I am not completely sure where I stand on this issue, but I love reading about different viewpoints It is important to discuss these topics in light of such a tragedy. I am devastated for the families of the victims in Charleston. My heart goes out to them.

    Christina

    Fitness & Frills

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  14. I think Obama nailed it on the head with his statement. I'm not really for the government stepping in and going over people's heads, but I feel like this is a case where it should be done. I believe there are veryyyy few situations where someone actually needs to have a gun in their home/on their hip/etc.

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xx, Victoria