Last night two lives were lost in Virginia when two journalists were shot dead live on air.
Allison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were conducting an interview for WDBJ7’s breakfast program when a former colleague shot the pair while filming his crime.
In one last act of true journalism Ward turned and filmed the man who shot them, which later was used to identify the shooter by police.
I will not name the shooter as I do not wish to give him the publicity.
Reports say he tweeted his apparent dissolutions with the victims and published his video on social media.
This tragic tale of innocent lives lost in senseless violence is one that we hear too often from the land of the brave and free.
America has engrained a right to bear arms so far into their collective psyche that even in the face of tragedies such as last night, the discussion around gun reform never moves from a conversation into legislation.
My thoughts go out to the family and friends of Allison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, and the news department of WDBJ7.
Allison Parker’s fiancé is the news anchor of WDBJ7’s 6pm news program and Adam Ward’s fiancée is the producer of the breakfast show. She was forced to watch from the control room, continuing to do her job, unsure whether her fiancé had been killed.
It doesn’t matter what side of politics you are on; John Howard’s tough gun reform following the Port Arthur massacre saved lives. Since Australia’s tough gun reforms our country has not seen another mass shooting.
The tragedy at Port Arthur remains one of the most deadly mass shootings committed by a single person.
In an interview with the ABC following the Sydney Siege, former Prime Minister John Howard said “There are many things about America I admire, but I don’t admire America’s gun culture. And I think it is completely the wrong response to suggest that we should increase the number of guns in our community, because all the evidence, both here and around the world, says that the more guns there are in circulation, the more homicides related to guns there will be.”
Every time the issue of gun reform comes up, people start screaming that it isn’t guns that kill people, it’s people who kill people. But why give those people guns?
A gun is a device with the sole purpose of inflicting injury and death. Why is the restriction of these weapons still being discussed?
How many people have to die before America takes a stand and brings in meaningful gun reform?
Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton has come out in support of gun control reforms. She said “I want to reiterate how important it is we not let yet another terrible instance go by without trying to do something more to prevent this terrible killing that is stalking our country.”
Clinton’s stance, however, is not widely shared. Former Virginia governor, and Republican presidential hopeful, Jim Gilmore says the problem is caused by a lack of support for mentally unstable individuals. Gilmore said “I refuse to participate in the taking away of lawful rights under the second amendment for Americans to keep and bear arms. … Politicians were wrong today to go out there and begin to do the same old song about gun control when that is not the issue. It’s infuriating because it’s diverting us away from what we can do to solve this problem and that is to identify people who are unstable.”
The right to bear arms had it’s place in years gone by. That place no longer exists. Leave the right to bear arms in history where women couldn’t vote and slavery was acceptable. The second amendment is an out-dated right that is longer acceptable in our world.