Friday, February 16, 2018

My Weekend Gun Control Now

It’s easy to get despondent about all the senseless gun violence in America. Very, very easy. Why do we keep letting angry men unfettered access to the weapons of war? Why are they allowed to commit mass murder in a matter of seconds? Why can a 19-year-old kid buy an assault rifle? Oh, yeah – because too many Republican lawmakers are bought and paid for by the NRA. And the money the GOP receives from this terrorist organization is more important than keeping children safe in school or fans safe at a concert or parishioners safe in a church or revelers safe at a nightclub or workers safe at an office. All this terrible carnage.

But you know what? Enough. Enough of being held hostage by the NRA. Enough allowing the 25 percent of Americans who own all of its guns dictate our gun policy. Enough with tolerating 18 school shootings so far this year. Enough of this senseless death.

But don’t take my word for it. Take the word of the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The students who saw their classmates and their teachers and their coaches shot dead in front of them. The students who cowered in closets for hours, hiding from a young man who was allowed to buy an AR-15 assault rifle and then used it to take 17 innocent lives. The students who are mad at hell at our country’s lax gun laws, and aren’t going to take it anymore.

Students like these, all survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida this week:

And this student, David Hogg.

At a vigil last night they chanted, “No more guns!

America did nothing when an angry young man with an AR-15 assault rifle killed 20 elementary school kids. The deaths of so many 6- and 7-year-olds at Sandy Hook Elementary did not move our lawmakers to try to stop the next one.

But maybe the righteous anger of a bunch of teenagers will. And a little child will lead them all. Happy weekend and demand sensible gun control now, all.

UPDATE: This is Emma Gonzalez. Remember her name and know the students of Marjory Stonrman Douglas High School will change the world if only we will listen.


ald2106 said...

Thank you Dorothy.
My heart tells me that these teenagers are going to make a difference.
I feel their grief. đź’”

Carmen SanDiego said...

Perfectly put DS
But I have no hope that this will happen

Karen said...

Unless you ban guns entirely there's no way to prevent something like this.... all the security drills in the world will not stop a maniac / terrorist especially if they are willing to take their own lives. But I don't see the NRA ever being brought down. the group of teens may have noble intentions but how are they going to end the epidemic of senseless violence ?

Anonymous said...

Karen the downer strikes again. You're like the Eeyore of commenters.

Scamp said...

We could restrict purchases of ammunition.