I don’t want to write this post. I’ve already written it — several times. But here it is, relevant again . . .
. . . But, no! I’m not going to write this post. I started it last night, but I just can’t finish it. I can’t re-say what I’ve already said . . .
But how can I stay silent?
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United, we stand. Divided, we fall.
Americans are united in the belief that mass shootings on U.S. soil need to stop. We are divided about how to stop them.
And so they keep happening.
And so people keep dying.
And so madmen keep shooting.
And so the story keeps cycling.
The facts are these: The United States has more guns than any other nation. We also have more gun-related crimes, homicides, and deaths. We do not have more mental illness. (Don’t believe me? Check out this New York Times article. It shows the stats better than I can.)
But crazy is crazy. If it’s not guns, it will be something else.
That’s not what the statistics say. If there were fewer guns, there’d be fewer deaths. Period.
But I won’t give up my right to protect my family!
No one’s asking you to give up your right to protect your family. They’re asking for laws to keep AK-15s away from the people who would hurt your family.
But I like to hunt and target shoot. I won’t give up my guns.
Did you hear what I just said? Here’s another way to look at it: Why would we require someone to pass a test to drive a car but not to own a gun?
But I don’t trust the government. The government is trying to take away our guns.
Really?! President Trump didn’t even mention guns when he addressed the people of Parkland on Thursday. And beyond that, that’s beside the point. The point is that PEOPLE ARE DYING BECAUSE OUR SYSTEM ISN’T WORKING. Period.
The below video from CNN shows disturbing footage of the Florida shooting on Wednesday. I cried watching it, but it needs to be seen. The fact that American law allows individuals to buy AK-15s before they can buy a beer is INSANE.
But I’ve already said all this, and I don’t want to say it anymore.
I’m tired of the fighting on the Internet. I’m tired of the cruelty and bigotry. I’m tired of the pain . . . I’m tired of it all, and so the very last thing I’ll add is this:
I’m currently in grad school because I want to become a teacher. And when I become a teacher, I would GLADLY die to save the lives of my students if ever I needed to. But quite frankly, I’d rather not die for them. I’d rather live for them, AND HAVE THEM LIVE, TOO.
This video is well-done. I think most people would say today: We’re ready to talk about it.
I’ve posted this video by Trae Crowder before. It’s relevant now, too.