Tuesday February 20, 2018
We must learn to love our children more than firearms.
When will we gather the courage to address the gun violence that plagues our nation? Can you imagine the outcry if the 17 lives lost in the recent Florida school shooting or any of the other mass shootings that occur with shocking regularity in this country had occurred at the hands of foreign terrorists? Public outrage and sentiment would demand action from law enforcement officials and politicians alike.
Nearly 100 people in this country die every day from gun violence, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet many of our cowardly politicians repudiate any form of gun control or even sensible discussion of the topic. Instead, they prostitute themselves to the likes of the National Rifle Association and refuse to support studies by the CDC that might help us come to understand and eventually reduce gun violence.
Their shallow pleas to remember and pray for families impacted by these tragedies mask their cowardice. When will these legislators find the backbone to repudiate the extreme positions of the NRA and decide enough is enough? I wonder how quickly their views on sensible gun control legislation would change if their child became a gun violence statistic?
Apparently, as long as we're killing each other, the outrage is temporary, and the clamor for action quickly dissipates. Until we as a nation decide to love our children more than our guns, tragedies such as school shootings will continue unabated.
It's time for action against gun violence