Pediatrician Dr. Roy Guerrero in Uvalde, Texas testifies on June 8 at a congressional surveillance hearing on the Gun Violence Crisis.
Here’s part of his testimony, talking about what he saw after he went to the hospital after hearing shots fired: “… two children, whose bodies were shattered by the bullets fired at them Were, repeatedly mutilated, whose flesh was so torn that the only clue to his identity was the cartoon clothes stained with blood still clinging to him. Cling to life and finding no one. ”
Then he waited for the surviving children to try to save… but no living bodies came.
By any moral or ethical standards, it is abhorrent. As a gun owner licensed to carry a concealed carry weapon for nearly 50 years, I can’t begin to understand how our legislators refuse to enact meaningful gun safety legislation, which is more than 80% of the time. US citizens want.
I think it’s all about the money. So let’s talk about money for a minute.
People of other countries are fully aware of the firing happening in our country. How many of them want to come to our country or let their children come? If they don’t, we will suffer.
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization January 18 report, “The economic contribution of tourism (measured in tourism direct GDP) is estimated to be US$1.9 trillion in 2021, up from US$1.6 trillion in 2020 The pre-pandemic value is US$3.5 trillion.”
If we don’t have overseas tourism anymore, where is the money we’re losing going to come from? Do we want our taxes to increase to cover the loss of this lost revenue?
Similarly, according to the International Trade Administration: “The US travel and tourism industry generates $1.9 trillion in economic output; supports 9.5 million US jobs and accounts for 2.9% of US GDP. Globally, 14.5 of international travel expenses are accounted for. At %, international travelers spend more in the United States than in any other country.
If we lose tourism jobs, where will those individuals work to support themselves? We are certainly not the only country that offers interesting travel destinations to choose from.
And finally, as published by US News & World Report: International Enrollment Findings of the Annual Open Doors Report: “The total number of international students at US universities fell 15% from 1,075,496 in 2019-2020 to 914,095 in 2020 – 2021; The number of new international students enrolling at US universities declined by 45.6% over that time frame; China and India, which remain the largest sources of origin for international students visiting the US, sent 14.8% and 13.2% fewer students, respectively, over that time period.
As a result, our colleges and universities also suffered substantial revenue loss.
Some of the details I’ve listed are just a drop in the bucket of the potential financial loss that our country can expect if we don’t see the light and make our country an inviting place for people to come, study and do business. make. If the lives of the American people don’t inspire change in our gun laws, our wallets probably will. One can only hope.