I went into teaching to make a difference. But, time and again, shooting after shooting, it has become clear that I can not make a difference the way it matters the most. I am at a loss, and I am feeling hopeless. I cried all the way home from school yesterday imagining the pain of those mothers and fathers, imagining my own children…
What we need is a national hotline where families and educators can call about a child or person who is violently angry and the authorities take them into protective custody, evaluates them over the course of several days, and puts them into a mandatory program while confiscating all weapons from that person and that person’s home.
We need to stop selling guns… AR-15s and, in my opinion, all others… why do you really NEED to go hunting… you don’t … you WANT to go hunting… if you can’t afford meat at the market, become vegetarian… does your love of meat, and family tradition usurp the rights of children and teachers to attend school without fear of being shot?
I hear a call, on a conservative news station, for the best minds in our country to figure this out. Are you kidding me? We love violence in this country… our video games, our sports, our love of guns, our anger towards the other… these news people act as if this is something we need to figure out… We know what the problem is… we know that the accessibility of guns allows impulse to easily be acted upon… we know that children who do these things (or commit other violent crimes) have shown signs for a long time.
Last night my husband said that across the nation all teachers should hold a strike until our legislatures do something. On NPR today I heard a retired teacher call for all teachers, administrators, and students to stay home and say ‘NO MORE’! We have been in crisis for years… When is it time to take a stand?
It does not matter what the shooter’s motive was, it doesn’t matter his ethnicity, or the tragedy he has suffered in his life… it mattered that he was able to get a gun and that although people knew he was troubled, the hands of the authorities were tied. You want your freedom, your rights, your guns, your privacy… all of those families want their children back…
What are you willing to give up to keep this from happening again? How can we make a difference if we don’t think beyond our rights?
My heart is broken