It’s time to act.
I don’t care about your right to bear arms when our right to live is at stake.
“After 20 children were murdered at Sandy Hook, we said never again. And then we did absolutely nothing and let another 998 mass shootings happen.” — Zack Beauchamp
I’m sick to my guts today. I’m furious.
I’m embarrassed that we let it get to this stage.
The events in Orlando shouldn’t have been able to happen.
The events in Sandy Hook shouldn’t have been able to happen.
The events in Aurora, or Tucson, or San Bernardino shouldn’t have been able to happen. And yet, they continue. Mass shooting after mass shooting. And yet, we do nothing.
No action. No steps to passing even simple common-sense gun laws.
It’s pathetic. It’s shameful.
Colleges are no longer safe.
High schools are no longer safe.
Elementary schools are no longer safe.
Churches are no longer safe.
Movie theaters are no longer safe.
Night clubs are no longer safe.
The very right to live is no longer safe, and yet, people still say, “you cannot touch the 2nd Ammendment. You cannot infringe on my right to bear arms”. They aren’t even open to having a dialogue. What happened to talking in order to find a solution?
Something needs to change. Canada has had 8 mass shootings in the last 20 years. USA has had 7 since Monday. Mass shooting after mass shooting after mass shooting and no action. Bullet after bullet. Body after body.
People are dying, and we aren’t doing anything about it.
Every single bullet fired upon these victims is a bullet fired into the very fabric of America. Every single bullet fired upon these victims is a bullet fired into your very skin. We are one people. We are all brothers and sisters. When one of us dies, a part of each of us dies. When one of us is shot, we are all shot.
Children are now growing up in a nation where they believe it’s ok to roll over and say “Oh well” when a mass shooting happens. We are 164 days into 2016. We have had 133 mass shootings. What the hell are we doing?
Some think Trump is an answer to this problem. Trump is not a solution. Trump is a symptom of the very disease. Some think hate is an answer to this problem. Hate is not the answer to fix this. Hate is one of the very causes of this. Hate is spewing false fears in order to drive up gun sales. Hate is rallying up crowds in order to lead to violence. Hate is treating one group of people as inferior to you. There is no place for hate in this world.
Today we must choose to act in love rather than hate. Today we must choose to take action. Today we must rise up together in order to drive change in this world. We need to take action on gun violence. When a person’s right to live is at stake, I don’t care about your right to bear arms.
Call and write to your congressman, your senators, your elected officials. Share your voice on social media. Hug your neighbor. Don’t fall into the trap of spewing hate. Choose love over fear, and hopefully it isn’t too late. I don’t want to see another brother or sister lost to this epidemic of gun violence. I don’t want to live in a world where there aren’t any human beings left.
We can’t sit in silence any longer. We can’t stand still and wait for something to happen. We all must act.
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