Not doing or saying anything every single time this happens feels a lot like being part of the problem and I can’t stomach that so …
I don’t know how to stop all crime or all violence or how to fix all the world’s problems. I don’t know how to end these wars and prohibit new ones. I don’t know how to convince people that the gay couple over there isn’t hurting you by loving each other. Their love is not even about you! I don’t know how to explain to my children that there are people in this world who want to hurt other people because they know only hatred. Quite honestly, I don’t know how to explain that to myself. I am not colorblind, as much as I’d like to be. I’m not innocent of prejudice. I’m white and privileged. I’m a woman who hasn’t experienced much gender discrimination. I’ve known tragedy. I’ve experienced great loss and pain and watched helplessly as those around me have suffered. We can’t always stop tragedy before it hits. But sometimes we can. Make no mistake about that. Banning assault weapons will not fix all our problems. To claim that because one law won’t stop all crime it is therefore a useless law is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. 49 people might be alive today had that man not been able to buy an assault weapon legally at his local gun store. Those babies in Sandy Hook. They were babies. Just like mine. Pure and innocent. Moviegoers, coworkers at a party, churchgoers, college students, human beings! Their loss is humanity’s loss. And the longer we as a society do nothing, the more blood is on our hands. We must ban assault weapons and do it now or we surrender to the reality that our loved ones could be next. And that is a reality I cannot bear. // Now here’s a picture of some gorgeous horses we saw roaming freely in Iceland because beauty is all around us.
You don’t have to agree with me. That’s the beauty of living in the land of the free. But if you do, consider writing to your Congressional representatives. I emailed mine yesterday because they represent me and I think they should know how I feel. If you don’t know what to write, Everytown for Gun Safety has some language you can use.
I demanded they finally pass what I consider to be common sense gun laws, such as: an assault weapons ban like the one that expired in 2004; mandatory, universal background checks; close gun show loopholes and the ones that don’t allow the FBI to decide that someone under suspicion of terror shouldn’t be allowed to buy a gun; stop the sale of guns between citizens; and prohibit all individuals with a violent history from buying a gun. Personally, I’d go even further than that, but right now I’m trying to be realistic.
Contrary to all this crazy social media fighting, most Americans agree it should be harder to get guns, certain people shouldn’t be able to get them at all and assault rifles shouldn’t be in the hands of civilians.
This is what I believe and I can no longer sit silently. If you agree, please stand with me.
Thanks for reading. If you have an opinion, please be kind and respectful in the comments so we can consider each other’s opinions thoughtfully.