Commentary by Hammerle

I'm on vacationFor those of you interested in my reviews, I will be out of commission for the next week. We are taking our grandkids, ages 16 and 13, to a dude ranch in Colorado, and we will find out if I can function as a cowboy.

I did this once before on a camping trip with friends at Yellowstone Park, and riding a horse for four days proved to be a great adventure. I’ll fill you in on the highlights when I return.

I should note that I am going to try to see Me and Earl and the Dying Girl before I leave, and I hope to put together a review to be released next week. I can’t wait to see this film, and I’m sure many of you feel the same way.

Finally, I have also included a short commentary concerning the large number of homicides in our country and our failure to do anything about regulating the possession of firearms. Don’t you at least find it ironic that while we condemn the thought of ISIS terrorists infiltrating our country, we continue to allow brutal killings that exceed anything they could imagine in their wildest, sickest dreams?

Commentary by Hammerle

Why haven’t we heard a single word from the NRA or their supporters following the tragic killings in Charleston? Quite frankly, they should come out from hiding and try to justify their claim that the proliferation of guns protects the safety of all Americans.

That slogan is obvious nonsense, yet politicians around the country ignore it. Shooting deaths here in Indianapolis are a weekly occurrence, and the only response from a leading candidate for mayor is to put more police on the street.

Ironically, it is those police officers who are being put at risk when guns are accessible to nearly everyone. Police officers are shot and killed, citizens die in their homes and churches and yet we still do nothing when it comes to a policy that both protects the right to possess firearms and protect the guaranteed right of life and liberty for all Americans.

In the end, the answer is quite simple. Treat guns in the same fashion that we do driving vehicles in this country. If you want to own a firearm, fine, just get a license and insurance with certain attached regulations and we all become winners.

Killing children in an elementary school, citizens at a movie theater and black churchgoers will not stop until we have the intestinal fortitude to regulate firearms. How long will we continue to embrace an NRA philosophy that reduces us to living in the functional equivalent of a terrorist state?