Reducing gun violence in the U.S. remains but a fleeting illusion

Tragedy upon tragedy. I’m referring to the countless mass shootings in the U.S. As a matter of fact, so far in 2023, there have been more mass shootings than days of the year. I find myself asking when is enough, enough? In 199o’s, I was on campus when the University of Iowa’s mass shooting took place, killing 6 people connected to my alma mater. In 2019, while leisurely browsing in Barnes & Nobles in the Mall of the Americas, we found ourselves in the middle of a ‘mall shooting drill’ meant for the public to prepare and respond to an eventual active mass shooting. So back to the question. When is enough, enough? When decision-makers stop evangelizing guns, the NRA, and the growing violent white Christian groups. And when Americans realize that the time has come to redefine/reinterpret the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” Note: the Second Amendment was ratified on December 15, 1791. And until that day, the reduction of gun violence -quoting Emperor Haile Selassie l, United Nations General Assembly, 1963- “will remain but a fleeting illusion.”

Willemstad, Curaçao

Author: alexdavidrosaria

Alex Rosaria is from Curaçao. He has a MBA from University of Iowa. He was Member of Parliament, Minister of Economic Affairs, State Secretary of Finance and United Nations Development Programme Officer in Africa and Central America. He is an independent consultant active in Asia and the Pacific.

2 thoughts on “Reducing gun violence in the U.S. remains but a fleeting illusion”

  1. Your implied point that it is our guns that cause our violence in America is simplistic and typically liberal. It is the lack of God and love of fellow humans combined with the complete breakdown of morals and family values that have led America to where it is now. And thanks to the liberal Democrat policies of our government over the last 60 years, we will not see and end to this carnage. The belief that anyone or any government can remove guns from Americans is insane. Heck, even in cities and states with very strict gun control they can’t even get guns from criminals. And our present leadership, if it can be called that is incapable of doing anything about our violence other than to try and disarm law abiding citizens. Good luck with that!


    1. According to Greek mythology, Hercules constructed two pillars near the Straits of Gibraltar to mark the edge of the then-known flat world. These pillars bore the three Latin words “Ne Plus Ultra” or “no more beyond.” Spain later adopted the phrase as their motto and to serve as a signal to sailors and navigators to go no farther, essentially shutting the door to innovation and discoveries. The Spaniards truly believed their explorers had reached the outer limits of the earth. Then, Christopher Columbus made his voyages and changed the world forever. The Spanish changed the country’s motto to “Plus Ultra” or “there is plenty beyond,” which is still its official motto. I love this story because it reminds me of the tremendous opportunities that accompany new challenges. Does that make me simplistic? Are you a typical redneck hillbilly for saying what you said? I don’t know. I’m not trained to make such assessments.


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