This page left up for archival purposes. Jerry ended the campaign on August 1st as is no longer a candidate in Pennsylvania's 12th district.
Our nation is in the grips of an epidemic of violence.
June 2nd, 2018
Presently, our nation is in the grips of an epidemic of violence fueled by perpetrators seeking infamy from an around the clock news cycle that sensationalizes horrific deeds for ratings.
We all share a civic responsibility to protect our Republic from falling into the hands of tyrannical government and the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights drives that point home. Furthermore, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in the District of Columbia v. Heller decision that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess firearms and that that right is unconnected with service in a militia.
While some folks have proposed a new a federal assault-type weapons ban, this would not actually solve the problem. Not all of these horrific mass murders are committed by a person with an assault-type weapon, as we saw in the Santa Fe shooting.
The lessons of history are clear; prohibition does not diminish demand, it simply turns otherwise lawful buyers into criminals and drives the market underground. A solution that leaves only the government in possession of the guns will never be unacceptable.
News outlets and broadcasters have a moral imperative to recognize that irresponsible coverage glorifies mass murderers. An obvious solution is to stop glorifying the perpetrators! News outlets should voluntarily stop showing their faces, and stop reporting their names. Just as streaking on sports fields declined when cameras began panning away, if we stop glorifying shooters by showing their faces and reporting their names, ages, nationality, and methods of carrying out these out these heinous acts, it will deter future would-be shooters from seeking recognition.
We, as citizens, also have a responsibility to stop rewarding irresponsible broadcasters with our viewership.
Diverse localities demand diverse solutions. Communities are considering a wide range of solutions, including armed resource officers, guns in classrooms, active shooter drills etc. Our local and state officials should not be given a pass, while at the same time suggesting a federal one size fits all solution.
Special attention should be given to children demonstrating risk behaviors or with a history of violence. Current research demonstrates that there is a possible association between these risk behaviors and a traumatic brain injury or congenital brain defect. Getting a diagnosis with the help of psychiatrists and medical professionals can lead to a medical solution to these anti-social behaviors.
Only by getting to the roots of the problem can we hope to solve it.
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