This week we are taking a break from pop culture to talk about a serious issue: gun control. So much has happened in this world, I think it is time to speak up.
I don’t have much, if any, experience with guns. I have never owned one, or wanted to own one. Same for my husband. Growing up, I remember there was an old shotgun above the door in my parent’s den. I have no idea if the thing ever worked or not or is it just a decoration.
As an adult, I almost had a collision with another car. When I got out to inspect my car, the driver of the other car waved a gun at me. Needless to say, I ran back into my car and took off. I reported the incident to the cops, and nothing became of it.
Guns have taken the lives of 3 people I know in my circle. One was a friend from work who committed suicide. The other 2 were drive-by shootings of children.
What good comes from a gun? I can’t think of one thing. All I know is that they bring death and destruction. Sure, law enforcement and military can bring down bad people with them. But these days we are seeing too many good people die at the hands of guns.
Where can I go and feel safe from gun violence? I can’t go to the movies, a concert, nightclub, church, work, or just walking my neighborhood without possibly getting shot. Too many people have way too many guns. I heard there are 101 guns for every 100 people in the U.S. That is a sad and scary statistic.
This year I participated in the March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018. This is the series of events started after the school shooting in Parkland, FL. I am impressed with the young people that have started this revolution. It is time to have sensible gun control in this country.
Honestly, I would be fine with banning all guns. Again, what good are they? I don’t want to see another mass shooting in my lifetime. There has been too much bloodshed in this country. Mass shootings, drive-bys, murders, racial profiling, senseless deaths by racist cops, suicides, accidental shootings and more. Gun violence has destroyed the lives of promising individuals who are missed every day by their loved ones.
At the very least, ban assault rifles. These are weapons of war, and a normal, sane individual knows that. Only someone who wants to cause harm would own one.
And the best that politicians can offer is “thoughts and prayers.” I am done with that. And the putting the flag at half-staff too. We need action on guns and mental health also. I don’t want myself or any of my friends and family to be another statistic.
Let’s continue to raise our voices. It is time for gun control now.
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