Imagine this. You’re sitting at work in the middle of the day when your phone buzzes. A text. Just an average text from a friend and you quickly glance at it. You read the first few words. Your heart stops. Your heart drops. Your heart lurches into your throat. No, this can’t be happening. But it is.
Your phone buzzes a few more times, but it doesn’t go crazy because most parents aren’t stopping to text right now. They’re all racing to the same place. School. As fast as they can get there. They run. They drive. They stop their cars in the middle of the street to get out and race to the building.
And you do the same. Please don’t be my child, please don’t be my child (not that you want this to happen to other children either), but please don’t be MY child.
And it’s not. Yet.
Because it’s not your child’s school yet. But your child’s school could be next.
When Columbine happened, the children who were killed in Parkland weren’t even born yet. When Sandy Hook happened, the people in Parkland didn’t think it would happen at their school one day too. When Las Vegas happened, they didn’t think, “We’re next.”
But what if you knew that this was going to happen to your child’s school in the next few years? What if you had some magical way of knowing? Would you do something? Would you TRY to stop it? Would you go to a meeting or write a simple letter or take an hour or two to march with a sign. Of course you would. If you knew you were next.
This is the tipping point. RIGHT NOW. Sandy Hook should have been, but for some reason it wasn’t. Maybe we were just too shocked. Maybe we were just too sad. Maybe we were just paralyzed with pain. But this is the year we are going to take our country back.
Take it back from the money-grubbing politicians who have somehow convinced themselves that the right to bear arms is more important than the right for our children to live. How bad do you want to win your political race, Mr. Selfish Politician? Were seventeen people worth it?
No one is going to stop this shit from happening. NO ONE is going to step up to the plate. Not the politicians, not Congress, not the president. They didn’t after Columbine, they didn’t after Sandy Hook, they didn’t after Las Vegas, and they won’t now. The only people who can stop this is us. You and me. The mothers. We are the ones who worry when we drop our children off at school. We are the ones who tear up when we flip on the TV in the middle of the day and see it happening again. We are the ones who love these children THE MOST. We are the ones who need to rally. Not tomorrow. Not in November. NOW.
We can keep turning on our TVs every time it happens, we can keep saying to each other how incredibly awful and sad it is, we can keep saying our prayers for the victims and sharing their moving speeches on social media, OR WE CAN QUIT WAITING TO SEE WHO THE NEXT VICTIM IS AND WE CAN DO SOMETHING. Because the next victim might be your child. And then won’t you wish you’d done something?
There are 85 million mothers in the United States. EIGHTY-FIVE MILLION. That is a lot of power. And if each one of us does one little thing, we can make big changes. If we all vote, if we all get our friends to vote, if we all go to Moms Demand Action meetings, if we all write letters to our representatives, if we all hold the politicians’ feet to the fire and say, “Do something or I won’t vote for you,” then things will change.
I’m not stupid. I know that we can’t make all of the scary weapons completely disappear no matter what common sense gun laws we pass, but if we can make it harder for ONE SINGLE PERSON to get something like an AR-15 or a bump stock, then maybe we’ve stopped one person from killing seventeen people.
So this week, pledge to do one thing. Write a letter, join a group, go to a meeting, grab your friends and put one of the marches on your calendar, JUST DO SOMETHING. Add it to your to-do list and just do it. It might feel a little scary. It might be out of your comfort zone. But it’s worth it. Because if all 85 million of the moms in this country do one thing, we can save our children. Maybe even YOUR children.
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