I know normally I write about how relieved I am when the bus whisks my kids away, because they’ve been busy being jerks. Today was different.
My older son stayed home from school today while he gets over the flu, and it was actually a relief. You see, as my younger son got on the bus, I had tears in my eyes and an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach. I thought of all the parents who have sent their kids off to school on days like yesterday, unknowing that it would be the last day they would see their child alive. It used to be unimaginable that someone would ever come into a school and open hellfire upon children and their teachers. Or at night clubs and concerts. Or anywhere.
When I was a kid, we practiced fire and tornado drills, and that was the extent of what we needed to learn to keep ourselves safe in an emergency at school. Now teachers must practice going through hard lock downs with our children — to teach them what to do to save their lives if someone comes into the school to try to kill them. We are constantly requiring more and more of our teachers to educate our children. But isn’t it too much to require them to basically be soldiers to defend and protect our children from a murderer?
I normally don’t like to discuss politics. I loathe debate in general and when I have been daring enough to share my political beliefs, it’s taken its toll on a few friendships. But on this I can’t remain silent any longer. When are our lawmakers going to say enough is enough? I cannot for the life of me understand why it’s okay for people to be able to own semi-automatic assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
“But our 2nd Amendment Rights!!!” Well, you know what? When our founding fathers wrote that, AK-15s were something they hadn’t even imagined. The weapons people had then could be fired 2-3 times per minute by skilled soldiers. An average shooter today can effortlessly shoot a semi-automatic weapon about 2 times per second.
I don’t have a problem with responsible people owning guns for hunting or sport — I grew up in a home with shotguns and rifles, and I was even a pretty proficient trap shooter. My dad and brothers hunted as well. Before I ever shot a gun, I went through a gun safety course through the DNR. Guns in our home were kept locked up and the ammunition locked separately on a different floor of the house. Guns weren’t something you took lightly.
Some people feel the need to own a handgun to protect themselves in their homes. While that’s not something I’m comfortable with, especially when children could potentially have access to them, handgun owners aren’t out to commit mass killings. If someone feels the need to own an assault weapon for “sport,” I suggest they find another hobby. The only purpose of an assault weapon with high capacity magazines is for rapid, mass catastrophic devastation and murder. Plain and simple.
There is blame to go around the world 10 times. How about instead of spending our time blaming, let’s start doing something about this. This is not an all-or-nothing issue. Let’s start with semi-automatic weapons, high capacity magazines, background checks…and getting help for those who would not pass that check. Can we start there please? I am going to send these thoughts to my congressional representatives today. Let’s make our voices heard.
Yes!! Agree friend!! Cried myself into a puffy mess watching the kids & teachers recount the event on the news!
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I really can’t fathom how kids are being shot dead, MULTIPLE times in a month, and nothing changes?? I’m Australian, and the ONE time that something like this happened here, all automatic and semi automatic weapons were taken. Our Government overrode the voices screeching about their rights to own guns, and the country, for the most part, supported it. Haven’t had another shooting like it since.
We can own shot guns, and rifles etc, particularly for farming. But, nothing with any level of automatic function. And the checks required to own and be registered even these “basic” guns, are intense.
Mass shootings don’t happen here. School shootings, not a chance. And cop shootings are bloody rare. There seems to be a different level of….acceptance?? It’s like your country has become desensitised? ( I don’t mean to be offensive with that statement, I’m sorry if it comes across wrong).
I don’t understand how there can be such unparalleled levels of gun violence, yet the link to gun access still gets denied. You know, it’s not the gun. It’s the person…
We have a significant amount of people living with mental health issues in our country too, including minority groups, and impoverished communities, and all of that stuff. No matter how crazy they are, they typically don’t commit mass shootings, because they can’t get to any bloody guns!!!
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Thank you so much for your perspective as a non-American. You are SPOT ON in my opinion. I actually was listening to a news story citing Australia’s stance on guns and how it has drastically affected the number of deaths caused by gun violence. I wish our politicians would listen as well…and not just to gun lobbyists like the NRA with their deep pockets.
It does seem like Americans are becoming “desensitized” to gun violence — we see these stories over and over on the news and it is no longer “shocking” to us. And that is neither right nor acceptable.
It’s a crazed and scary time in our country right now and it feels so out of control. I can’t imagine what other countries must think of us. It is shameful.