Gun Control, Please.

December 17, 2012 · 32 comments

I can’t think about the devastating tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School without tearing up. Working in a school makes the shooting so real, and I absolutely cannot imagine what I would do if I were in the situation. The stories of teachers my age giving their lives to shield their students gives me the chills.

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The day of the shooting was the day after my surgery, so I was pretty out of it and a little delayed in my mourning. My heart goes out to all affected by the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

But now, I’d like to take action. What can I do to help this? What can be done to ensure this doesn’t keep happening? Maybe I can be a part of a (hopeful) change.

I realize we all have our different political views. Many conservatives I know urged their Facebook friends to not politicize this tragedy, but to be honest, I don’t know how else to prevent this from happening.

[Read this: Nine Facts About Guns And Mass Shootings in the United States]

Now, I’m going to quote an e-mail I received.

“As a citizen and constituent of this great country, I am asking that you take a firm stand and make a positive change by restricting access to guns and saving lives. I don’t have a gun. I don’t want a gun. I don’t need a gun. [Sometimes,] guns always wind up in the hands of people [who choose to] use them irresponsibly and dangerously.”

I personally feel there are plenty of other ways to defend myself

(WHADDAUP, WASP SPRAY?).

Yeah. I have a can of wasp spray beside my bed. It’s the high-range pepper spray. Guns terrify me, and I see no reason for my crazy self to own one. I’ll learn to be a knife thrower. I’ll add “learning to defensively shoot a bow and arrow” to my 2013 Resolutions.

I hear the argument “Guns don’t kill; people kill” all the time, but I believe a lot of tragedies could be prevented if we worked harder to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

If you feel me, I encourage you to sign this petition and join the movement for a reevaluation of our gun control laws in the U.S.:

http://signon.org/sign/gun-control-now-1?source=s.em.mt&r_by=6560479

And if you don’t, we can still be friends. I have lots of friends who are anti-gun control, too, I promise. But I hope the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has perhaps made you reevaluate the the way you think about gun control. Did you see that Joe Scarborough, a conservative Republican who received the NRA’s highest ratings over four terms in Congress, has changed his mind on gun control?

Just do me a favor. Think about it.

I know this isn’t just about gun control. But this could be a way to prevent this from happening in the future. Therefore, in my opinion, it’s something worth talking about.

 

EDITED TO ADD: I completely agree that mental health and the way we make treatment accessible to these people is just as important as gun control — quite possibly more so. I should have originally noted this. If there was a petition I could sign for that, I most definitely would. I do, however, feel that gun control can still help prevent things like this from happening, which is why I passed on this link for the petition.

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