My Question For Republican Debate Wednesday Night Deals With Gun Violence
For those who have followed the presidential race and debates this year know the issue of gun violence prevention has emerged as a defining issue in the Democratic primary. It was the topic of one of the first advertisements of the race, it’s been talked about in the news, and it was covered extensively at the start of the first debate with the five Democratic contenders.
But on the Republican side, after two debates, there was one question about the issue and only a handful of candidates were given the opportunity to address the topic. It was a most unconvincing display that leads the nation to conclude the GOP does not understand the gravity of the matter, or cares to make a difference for the nation with the endless number of gun deaths.
Therefore Wednesday night when Republicans are set to debate for a third time on CNBC for the purpose of questions on the economy I wish to offer the following idea.
In this nation it is estimated that $229 billion is the price we pay annually for gun violence. Everyone knows gun violence has reached epidemic levels in this country. Easy access to guns by criminals and the dangerously mentally ill has led to over 400,000 firearms deaths in the United States since 2001!!! But very little attention is paid to the economic cost of this problem. A problem I should note for my readers which has a price tag that is almost as high as the cost of smoking in the United States.
This is as much an economic question as one about morals and justice. The Republicans should meet the issue head on and the moderator of the debate should force them to do it.
So candidates what do you plan to do to prevent such an economic drain every year due to gun violence?