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I'm saddened by the senseless murder of 20 kids and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary. As an African-American who's seen too many innocent children gunned down by assault rifles in drive-by shootings, I feel Newtown's pain.
For decades, gangbangers in Overtown, Liberty City, and other poor, predominantly black neighborhoods have relied on assault rifles, like the Bushmaster .223 rifle used by mass murderer Adam Lanza, to wreak havoc.
Between 2005 and 2006, 24 people under the age of 18 were gunned down in Miami-Dade County, including Sherdavia Jenkins, a 9-year-old girl from Liberty City struck down by a stray bullet from a high-powered machine gun. It hasn't stopped.
In April, a drive-by at a North Miami Beach funeral home left two men dead and 12 others wounded, including a 5-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy. Four months later, gunmen fatally shot 29-year-old Angelese Ladson and her unborn child in Miami Gardens. In between, 16-year-old Ron Jones was assassinated with a high-powered rifle in Liberty City.
If the government can allow parents to block cable TV channels and websites to prevent kids from accessing adult content, and Gov. Rick Scott can tell people to pee in a cup to get food stamps, why is it so difficult to enact gun control laws?
Scott and other governors should require anyone who wants to buy a gun to submit to a drug and mental health test to prove they are competent to own firearms.
President Obama should be leading the charge to bring back the assault rifle ban that Bill Clinton championed and George W. Bush allowed to expire. No gun owner, whether interested in home defense or hunting, needs a machine gun that can cut a deer or a human in half.
The victims at Sandy Hook did not die in vain. In the African-American community, they are our heroes. Their deaths have finally shamed every politician, including Obama, who turned a blind eye to the proliferation of guns in our streets. The mainstream media is finally shining light on the obscene profits made by the companies making the assault rifles that have been cutting down kids in Liberty City and Overtown for decades.
That's why I feel Newtown's pain.
Obama is attempting to sucker the public into more psychiatric medications, which make more money for the government via user fees paid to the FDA, with his focus on mental health for gun control. Since the vast majority of recent mass shooters was currently receiving mental health care and medications at the time of their crimes, wouldn't the correct deduction be that current mental health care causes mass shootings, not prevents it...? The more logical course of action would be a ban on assault weapons and less access to mental healthcare. I don't see how a doctor asking you if you own guns can help much, expecially if the answer is yes.
Pres.Obama has no control of the 2nd Amendment, Mr.Luke Campbell and those White Anti-Social Militia groups in our American backwoods across this Nation....
Its those low down Cuban Police that is shooting more of our young Black men than they are killing each other in Miami-Dade for decades, Luke...!
Hey Luke, a Black Community Drive By ain't got shit on a Suburbia Community Shooting massacre of innocent 6 & 7 year old children.....!
What these idiots need to do is worry about those Assault Weaponry in those White Suburban Communities...with those types of Shooting massacre while they are at it first at hand...Blacks have never killed twenty children like Adam Lanza or in act like Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and James Holmes...