I am pissed. I have been in shock, and angry and ready for change. Now I am furious.
Two weeks ago we had another mass shooting at a high school in Florida. Seventeen people died, students and teachers. The surviving students have been absolutely awe inspiring in the aftermath of this tragedy. Organizing, speaking out, taking a stand. Doing everything that we adults haven’t done. I have watched and listened to these kids and cried in sorrow and shame for all that they have lost. Not just friends, but innocence. Senseless. I’ve cried tears of pride for their choice to take this unspeakable tragedy and use their energy and power to make change. As much as what they lived through is what is wrong in this world, these kids are what’s right.
Of course, as happens after these mass shootings, copycats pop up. Who knows why. Maybe they want to somehow ride the wave of chaos to some sort of infamy? Maybe they see it as their chance to be the guy who everyone finally takes seriously? Maybe it’s just some dumbass who wants to be the hero who gets school shut down for a day? Whatever their reason, they contribute to the sense of fear and force us to face the reality that none of our kids are safe.
“They” say that anger is a secondary emotion usually used to cover up fear. I think “they” are generally correct, but not always. Today I am pissed. I got a robocall from the principle of our high school at 6:50am today. There had been a threat made against our school last night about 9:30pm. It was investigated and found to be NOT credible. Good. He went on to say that in light of this threat and to show that they were taking this very seriously, there would be a police presence in all of our schools today. High school, Middle and Elementary. Ok. That angers me on so many levels I can’t even begin. Mostly just the fact that this is where we are today in this country. This is how our kids have to live. That there are kids out there who are so bored, stupid, mentally off, evil, bullied, or needing attention that they will make threats against their fellow classmates.
Active shooter drills are a way of life for our kids. Shelter in place drills have replaced fire drills as the most important skill to learn. WHY ARE WE TOLERATING THIS? Why are we ok with teaching our kids to run, fight, hide ? This is a fixable problem. And we have had YEARS to fix it. And we have failed miserably. And children have died, continue to die. And that is FULLY on us. On me, on you, on our government and our choices. We have not only allowed but literally promoted gun violence, either intentionally or by our silence.
I think people think I’m kidding when I say we need to get rid of ALL guns. ALL of them and now. Not in 10 years, not just semi automatic weapons. ALL guns. Gone. Turn them in, melt them down. Done. I don’t care if you think you “need” your gun for hunting (no you don’t) or for protection (get some mace) or for your God given right (there are zero guns in the bible you wingnut). I don’t care. Get rid of them all. It is the year 2018 and there is no reason for anyone to have guns. None. And you will not convince me otherwise.
I lived in the middle of the woods, on the side of a steep hill with 3 little babies and crack dealers banging on my door in the middle of the night. My closest neighbor was about a mile down the dirt road and she was 78 with slight dementia. I understand being scared in your own home because of BOTH wildlife and criminals. I understand needing to protect your property and your family. I did so without the use of a gun. Oh and yes, it absolutely took the State Police over 45 minutes to show up once they were called. You have NO excuse. I had bats and squirrels and foxes, feral cats, rabid raccoons and 10 point bucks shot by some inadequate hunter and angry in my back yard. No gun needed.
The second amendment means nothing to me. I used to be a “libtard” who would say that I defend your right to bear arms. I used to support your right to hunt, to stand your ground. But, y’all have proved yourselves to be idiots and irresponsible and one child dying from gun violence is one child too many. I don’t think stricter laws will help. Background checks won’t solve this problem. No more guns for anyone would be the best way to start.
We are a relatively young country. We are an experiment. And this part of the experiment has gone tragically awry. So, we do what we have always done and we make a change. We tried allowing guns for our citizens, it didn’t work, so now we get rid of the guns. Very simple. I know, the people who have money invested try to complicate this and make it seem like getting rid of guns won’t solve the problem, but ya know what? They lie.
How about this…we get rid of ALL guns now, and if in 10 years we are still having mass shootings, we can revisit allowing guns in our society. But let’s just try it. Just to see…just to prove me wrong. I dare you.