I like many Americans am sad, and extremely angry. Because of the absence of reasonable gun control legislation, America has become a scary place to grow up or to raise children. Why?
In America, parents must send their children to school each day and fear that they will never see them again.
In America, children are afraid of going to school because they fear being mowed down by someone with an assault rifle.
Among peaceful developed nations, America stands alone in an epidemic of gun violence against children. The level of violence correlates not with the level of mental illness but with the prevalence and power of guns in America.
Among peaceful developed nations, America stands alone in this epidemic of gun violence.
And lastly, while the body count steadily increases, American politicians do nothing because most of them are in the pocket of the NRA.
I was once told that fighting for sensible gun laws in America is like “spitting into the wind.” Is that what America wants to teach our children: the potential victims of the next slaughter? My answer is a loud and angry no. It is time for a profound change. Teachers, school children and parents need to unite and turn our anger and fear into political action. We need to reject the “thoughts and prayers” response and vote out politicians who have nothing more to offer.