The mass shooting of 17 innocent people, many of them children, is no longer Breaking News. It is just over 72 hours ago that a school was shot up by an AR-15… the most used gun by mass shooters and CNN has moved back to the Russian involvement in our election. Even more we are looking deep into the failings of our FBI to act on a tip. They are playing the blame game when what we need to look at, as a society, is how we continually allow this to happen. We are a society that is committed to gun rights and gun ownership.
This is NOT about me wanting to take your guns away for some hippy-dippy, lib-tard, bleeding heart, or far-left idea because I want to ruin your life. I want to save lives. I care about making this country safer for all of us and you being able to buy a semi-automatic AR-15 or similar gun does not fit into that plan. If your need to shoot a high powered gun outweighs the rights of a 14 year old to live then you should join the military. There is no reasonable way that owning that type of gun is a necessity, it is a want. If gun manufacturers made a ‘gun’ that shot off some kind of explosive devise that could level a house, there would be someone out there that would want one just for the fun of it, and because one had not been created yet, there would be no regulations on it and people who have no military training would be able to bring one into your neighborhood. Although I wish there were no guns, I am not going to work to take away your hunting rifle, or the hand gun you keep locked in a closet, but I want to be reasonable, I want us all to be reasonable.
Do you really want your child’s first grade teacher, the one who smiles and tells your child that she is glad they came to school that day, who puts bandaides on their invisible boo-boos, who sings them to the carpet and helps blow their noses when you are not around…. do you want her to have a gun strapped to her butterfly dress, just under her bubblegum pink sweater? A hand gun? A more serious firearm? How quickly can she jump up from behind the library corner’s bookcase, assess a situation, aim and shoot at someone who has planned to do her harm? Who will be paying to train her, who will pay for her gun?
I spent my run thinking about where I would have my class hide, my class is too large to hide in our library corner… I would quickly move furniture, drag bookcases, have them lie flat on the stomachs and I would perch on the shelf by the door ( believe me, I have practiced ) ready to jump on any one who tried to enter through our always locked door. We will rehearse this when we come back from our long weekend. This is the world we live in because we are unwilling to fix this problem… it is about more than mental health, it is about more than reporting scary talk, it is about more than preparation, it is also about gun control and until we can all agree that we MUST more tightly regulate guns and fund mental health professionals in EVERY school, as well as give law enforcement more power to search homes and confiscate weapons, we will continue to live in fear, in a country where children may not come home from school.
Breaking News ~ our country is broken ~ schools are not safe