This bitter pill doesn’t taste so tart after we’ve swallowed it for the 294th time.

Yep. 294 mass shootings -- which the Washington Post describes as “an incident in which four or more people are killed or injured by gunfire” -- and 2015 is only 275 days old. We can blame racism, Confederate flags, the lack of mental health care, or any of the other factors that lead up to this sort of violence, but there is only one true cause: guns.

I’ll keep my argument brief, because I’ve harped on this before. And the last time I did, I was told I was an “idiot”, that I was “clearly mentally ill”, and one friendly advocate told me he’d come to my house and show me that “guns aren’t dangerous”. I declined his offer (or was it a threat?), but that doesn’t mean I didn’t hear the message loud and clear.

You say that criminals will find guns. Sure, they will. But why make it any easier than the process already is? And if you have nothing that would prevent you from owning a gun, then why even worry that it’s more difficult for the people who shouldn’t own them in the first place?

You say that if not guns, then they’ll use knives. Okay, fine, but knives are only as deadly as a person’s reach and strength. Or if he’s throwing them, well, he’ll need a ton of knives to be an effective mass killer.

Or maybe, now that in this scenario in which guns are harder to come by, he’ll get his hands on a crossbow. Crossbows are dangerous. But he can’t spray arrows around a cafeteria, classroom or office building like you can an automatic weapon.

You say that any pro-gun control plan takes away our freedoms and tramples the Second Amendment. But the Declaration of Independence predates the Right to Bear Arms by over a decade, and in that document, some of those same founders of this great country ensured citizens “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” All three of those -- “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” -- seem damn near impossible when you’ve got to worry about a mass shooting occurring every single day in your own backyard (or sometimes five).

So, this is only a plea for sanity. A plea to end this trend. I don’t know what the correct answer is in terms of exact legislation, but I do know that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thingover and over again and expecting different results.” Let’s skip the part where we argue about how this is going to strip you of your rights, and instead discuss how we ensure that every single person in the United States of America has the right to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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