Not again. NOT AGAIN. But yes, again. I turned on the TV this morning and there it was. And I quickly turned it off and snuck bits of it when the kids weren’t in the room. Because they do not need to know the kind of world they live in.
I am SO SICK of this feeling. I bring my kids to a movie theater and someone comes in with a backpack and I get a pit in my stomach. Or a guy walks into Starbucks and walks straight back to the bathroom and I watch. And wait. Ready to do what, I don’t know. Or I drop my kids off at school and I feel bad I yelled at them to get their shoes on this morning because what if something bad happens today.
This is the world we live in.
A world where a mad man can go into a building and open fire on a crowd of innocent people and children with an automatic weapon (or eight if the report I heard is correct). How many people have to die before we say enough is enough? I don’t know what the answer is, but I know what we’re doing right now is not working. This…
… is not working.
And yes, I know there are a lot of people who read this blog who own guns, and I don’t usually talk much about it because I don’t want to alienate anyone, but something has to change. Do I think some people should be able to own guns? Yes. But a regular person should NOT be allowed to own an automatic weapon that can destroy the lives of thousands of people in less than ten minutes.
Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandmas, children, babies. BABIES!! That girl in the picture above, that girl is someone’s baby.
In case you’re curious, this is the law in Nevada:
Nevada is an open carry state that does not require gun owners have licenses or register their weapons with the government. There is no waiting period to purchase a gun, nor are there any restrictions on the number of firearms an individual can possess, or any limit on the amount of ammunition a person can buy at a time. (info from Bustle.com)
And I just googled gun shows just to see what comes up and there are multiple gun shows every weekend in Nevada all year long. And yes, I know that most of the people at these shows are nice, good, wonderful people. Most. But not all. I’m not worried about the good people. Wait, yes, I am.
Last night hundreds of people were shot and just five days from now, people will line up at this Friday’s gun show to ooh and ahh and fork over money for more weapons. Please, someone tell me why this is okay. Because I don’t understand.
Usually I tell myself I’ll mourn today and talk about the laws tomorrow because today is about being sad and tomorrow will be about action. Not this time.
Usually I want to make people smile and laugh. Not today. Today I want you to be sad. Feel the weight of this all day long. Think about all of the wonderful, happy people who were just wiped out last night by a single person with a ridiculous amount of powerful weapons and ammunition. And ask yourself, is this the world you want your children to live in?
It’s time to do something. Columbine was the time to do something. Aurora was the time to do something. Virginia Tech was the time to do something. Sandy Hook was the time to do something. Las Vegas is the time to do something. How long is this list going to get before we do something?
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