If I had a hammer
I’d hammer in the morning
I’d hammer in the evening
All over this land
How sad that this protest song, written in 1949, can now be replaced by a new song that better illustrates the mood of the United States of America.
If I had a gun
I’d shoot school children in the morning
I’d shoot school children in the evening
All over this land
The problem is, of course, there is no “if” – many people do have a gun, often more than one.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC), clearly accepting that the current gun violence is a disease, keeps a record of firearm injuries. In the United States, 321 people are shot every day. That’s more than 117,000 people every year. A third of these injuries result in death.
Gun violence carries a large economic cost in addition to its human cost. Estimates put the cost to the economy at $300 billion every year. Imagine how this could be used to improve educational facilities, both classrooms and teachers.
How long will it be before America realises that the world has changed since the Constitution was formalised back in 1788. The Constitution is not set in stone; it has already undergone some twenty-seven amendments to keep it in touch with the times.
For us Jews, our “constitution” is set in stone – two tablets detailing the Ten Commandments. The sixth commandment is quite clear – Thou shalt not kill.
No ifs, no buts – Thou shalt not kill.
Congress can move quickly when it wants to. The 12th amendment, revising presidential election procedures, took just 189 days to complete. This is a lot better than the 27th amendment, delaying laws affecting Congressional salary from taking effect until after the next election of representatives, which took 202 years to complete.
In a sign of the times, Wikipedia has a site dedicated to school shootings in the US. (School_shootings_in_the_United_States). It is a very large site.
We look forward to the time when such a site would be a curiosity. With no meaning for innocent school children.