Time to act, Georgians
Jack Bernard, a retired SVP with a large national healthcare firm, has worked extensively with hospitals across the nation regarding cost containment and insurance. He was also the first Director of Health Planning for Georgia.

Time to act, Georgians

Jack Bernard, a retired SVP with a large national healthcare firm, has worked extensively with hospitals across the nation regarding cost containment and insurance. He was also the first Director of Health Planning for the state of Georgia.

“Maybe there is a law that could have prevented this instance” – Senator Rubio (2-14-18, FOX)

Yes, maybe there is Senator, but you, our Georgia Senators Isakson and Perdue, and many others like you will not pass it because you are cowards. You always follow up a statement similar to the above with others like “but we don’t know that” (2-14).
Yes, Senator, we all do know that. You are on the NRA payroll, having accepted over $3 million, and that is the only reason you do not see the truth. The same goes for our Georgia Senators.
Every time we have a mass shooting, you and others like you in Congress say we need to wait until we “know the facts” and shouldn’t “jump to conclusions” (2-14). Then, when the news shifts to a different news cycle, you go back to business advocating for an unneeded wall and other right-wing ideological priorities and forget all about gun control until the next massacre when you once again say there is nothing to be done with these mentally ill shooters except pray.
I am praying, too. I am praying every day that immoral men like all of you will finally come to their senses and see that you have a direct responsibility to prevent gun violence, especially against our innocent children. My prayers have not been answered.
In Charleston, S.C. and in Sutherland Springs, Texas, our sisters and brothers were praying when they were shot down. Their prayers were not answered either. Praying didn’t solve the problem. With gun violence, it never does, as the statistics prove. God gave us a brain to think (and vote). That actually does help.
What can we as a nation do? Here are a few common-sense approaches:
• Adopt the official AMA position that firearm violence is a major public health issue and fund studies by the CDC to examine both causes and solutions.
• Establish a bi-partisan Congressional Committee to propose specific legislation (within a set time frame) to lessen firearm violence.
• Pass a federal gun law similar to the one mandating that states raise the age to purchase liquor to 21 or lose federal funds.
• Prohibit private ownership of bumper stocks and assault hand guns and rifles like the Colt AR 15, the semi-automatic equivalent of the M 16 used by our military.
• Restrict high-capacity magazine use to only the police and military.
• Close the gun show loop hole which lets anyone buy a gun, including criminals and crazies.
• Prohibit anyone on various law enforcement “watch lists” from buying firearms.
• Establish a more comprehensive federal database and mandate by law that it be used, with severe penalties if it is not.
• Restrict all use or purchase of guns by anyone having had mental health diagnosis or treatment within five years.
• Mandate that mental health professionals submit data to the database in a more effective manner than they do now.
• Increase funding for community mental health programs addressing domestic violence.
• Establish substantial taxes on ammunition, as we do with cigarettes, another public health hazard.
The reader may not agree with every single one of these recommendations, especially if you are a gun owner (I am). That is not the point, although surveys have shown most Americans do believe in enacting a number of these recommendations.
The fact is that there are many potential things that can be done to lessen the massacres and gun violence in general. At least some of them, if not all, will work to reduce some firearm deaths in some cases. Trying each one and failing with a few is much better than not trying any of them at all.
The bottom line for all of us is that reducing violence is not a technical problem, as Senators Rubio, Perdue, Isakson, and others on the NRA payroll would have you believe. It is a political one.
Voters need to prioritize firearm control in their voting, the same way NRA members do. For my part, I hereby pledge that I will never vote for any politician local, state (like Cagle), or federal who A) accepts NRA money; B) incorrectly says that nothing at all can be done to restrict gun possession due to the second amendment.
Will you do the same?