I absolutely refuse to believe that there’s nothing we can do, as a society, to stop gun violence. I refuse to accept that the second amendment is the reason we don’t do something drastic like collecting all the guns in America and destroying them. The second amendment did not take into consideration the breadth and scope of this country when it was written in the 17th century. The Founding Fathers could not have foreseen the diversity and the hate in this country. They could not have predicted a divisive president like Donald Trump.
The opening lines to the Declaration of Independence state that every citizen of the United States of America has a right to pursue life, liberty and happiness. With millions of people owning more than one gun, some of them semi-automatic weapons, I find that pursuing life, liberty and happiness are much more difficult because I live in a constant state of fear, and wonder when the next mass shooting will happen. I’ve not yet encountered an active shooter. I can’t help but think that my odds shrink every day.
This does not happen in other countries. This is unique (and not in a good way) to the United States of America. How can we, in good conscience, fail to act when children are dying? How can we offer “thoughts and prayers” when it’s pretty clear that they don’t work? How can we just simply stand here and NOT DO ANYTHING TO STOP THE NEXT ONE WE KNOW WILL HAPPEN?
300 mass shootings in the last three years is NOTHING to be proud of. It’s not a badge of honor that this country should be proud to wear. This is shameful. The fact that we continue to allow the N.R.A. to romance politicians. The fact that we continue to hem and haw at how our hands are tied. The fact that we continue to argue that the second amendment protects the “right to bear arms.” It’s disgraceful. It’s disgusting. It’s disheartening.
The Washington Post has released two stories about a kindergartener who survived a school shooting. Her best friend and the man she planned on marrying was shot and killed. This little human being has PTSD. She can’t go to school. She has to be homeschooled. She can’t enjoy things because she can’t stop reliving that moment when a teenager came on to her school campus and shot her friends. And when she does manage to have a moment of normalcy, where maybe she exhibits some type of anger, she panics that she’s becoming like that shooter.
HOW DO WE LET THIS HAPPEN TO BABIES LIKE HER?
Because we are responsible for her current state of mind and suffering. WE are the adults in her life who are supposed to make the world better and safer for her. WE are the ones who have failed her.
I’m so tired of these news cycles. Aren’t you tired of these news cycles? We can stop these news cycles. We just have to take action. We can take action. Vote. Speak up. Speak out. Get angry. STOP BUYING GUNS. Make our country a better place. Please. Just make it stop.