Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert with guns zoom call

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Where did America go wrong? The problem isn’t the guns. The problem is us. Our taste for gun violence is a uniquely American crisis. And I say that as someone who has lived in Switzerland, a country armed to the teeth but with zero school shootings, annually. 

It is the sense of exceptionalism our nation is known for, and the reckless interpretation of those 27 words in the Second Amendment by gun lobbyists, the NRA and their supporters that have, since the late 1990s, had a devastating effect on American life. I mention the ’90s because it was in 1999, at Columbine High School in Colorado, when two students went on a gun rampage, killing 13 other people. 

Every time a Republican posts a picture of themselves and their families snuggled up to the muzzle of a semiautomatic rifle immediately after a mass shooting, I wonder what the Founding Fathers would think if they knew that this was what was to become of the Second Amendment. 

Surely they would find it infinitely sad, infinitely pathetic that we have not made necessary changes. 

We are the source of our own tyranny. We are also the solution. We must look to our God-given common sense to solve this uniquely American crisis.

— Carli Pierson in Guns aren’t the problem. People like Rep. Lauren Boebert and the NRA are.

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