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.
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.
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.:
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.