When I was a kid, the only guns I ever saw were in cowboy movies. And they were used to kill the “bad guys” who came to town, ranches or homesteads. Growing up in a suburb of Chicago, it was nowhere in my consciousness to kill anything for protection or sport. My dad owned a grocery store so he certainly didn’t need to go hunting in order to feed us. To this day, I don’t understand why people kill animals for sport, especially if they have no intention of eating them. But most of all, I don’t understand how we have become such a fear-driven society that feels compelled to protect ourselves from our neighbors with guns. Especially, semi-automatic weapons.

Here’s what Stephen King had to say on the subject:

“I have nothing against gun owners, sport shooters or hunters, but semi-automatic weapons have only two purposes. One is that owners can take them to the shooting range once in a while, yell yeehaw and get all horny at the rapid fire and burning vapour spurting from the end of the barrel. The other use … their only other use … is to kill people.”

Sunday night, President Obama said during his Oval Office speech: “Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semi-automatic weapon? This is a matter of national security.”

Republicans reject that argument.

Until laws are changed and implemented, mass shootings will continue to be the norm in the USA.