August 14th, 2019 ~ Vol. 89 No. 33
Vacation ... and Mass Shootings
Simply Selles by David Selles
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
After a refreshing two weeks I feel ready to get back to work.

I had a great time off with family and friends that included camping, a Lethbridge Bulls game and lots of pool time.

It was a great way to kind of reset after my first stretch as the reporter here.

My first week was spent at Moyie Lake in BC with my parents, all my siblings and my nieces and nephews.

It was fun to be able to spend time with everyone in a setting that isn’t too crowded like what we sometimes experience in Lethbridge.

I’m not the biggest reader in the world, so it was nice to have the change to play games, swim and go for bike rides with my nieces and nephews.

After the first week of camping, we all made the trip back to Lethbridge where I was able to also catch up with some friends and also spend more time with one of my brothers before he headed back to Ontario.

We had more big gatherings in Lethbridge, which can get a little noisy with 7 little kids and a baby, but having that time together makes the noise worth it.
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Another highlight of my time off was taking my two oldest nephews to a Lethbridge Bulls baseball game with my dad.

These two boys love sports and it’s a great way to spend time together doing something we all love to do.

After these two weeks, I feel ready to get back to work and get back into the swing of things in the Pass.

Simply Selles
David Selles

Last week, news broke of two more mass shootings in the States.

On August 3rd in El Paso Texas, a gunman opened fire in a Wal Mart and killed 22 people while injuring 24 others.

A day later in Dayton, a 24-year-old named Connor Betts killed 9 people, including his sister, and injured 14 others before officers fatally shot him 30 seconds into his rampage.

To me it’s shocking that even after all these mass shootings year after year, there are still no gun control laws in the States.

So many innocent people continue to lose their lives and yet nothing is changing.
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There are many different numbers being floated around about how many mass shootings have occurred in the U.S. so far this year but from the research I’ve done, every number seems to be well over 200, which is horrendous.

If we look back to the mass shooting in New Zealand in March that saw 50 people lose their lives and how quickly New Zealand’s parliament made a new law that banned military-style semi-automatic weapons, it’s difficult to understand why the States haven’t done something similar.

How many more of these are going to happen before changes are finally made?

It seems like new laws are long overdue and if nothing changes, the sad reality is that events like these are going to continue to happen.

I’ve seen many different people raise their voices about creating new laws for gun control.

Late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon and Major League Soccer player Alejandro Bedoya are just a couple of the bigger names in the U.S. that have spoken out to find a way to end violence like this.

If now isn’t the time to create new laws, when will it be?
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