I’m just a mom. I’m not your enemy, nor am I against the second amendment. I’m just a mom who wants to protect our children. I’m not Republican or Democrat, I’m a mother of three who is scared for her children and for yours. I’m just a mom who has the power to imagine those children in Parkland and Sandy Hook being murdered, feeling their hopes and dreams vanish, knowing that they can’t hug their own mother or father one more time. That is all I need to know.
I do have to ask a question.
Why do we need military grade weapons in the hands of any American citizen? Do you want to use it to hunt deer? Do you use your semi-automatic gun on the battle field? Do you want to use your semi-automatic gun used to murder innocent children? I’m only asking because murdering innocent children is what this gun has been used for in the last two decades. Why are we so afraid to ban assault weapons? Because they are fun at the shooting range?
I have to ask because, well you know what they say about insanity. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Do you think it will be easier to solve mental illness and that will protect your children? That’s just a talking point. What if it was your child? What if your innocent child was gunned down in his classroom. How will that talking point ease your pain? Let’s talk about the shooter for a second. The mother of one of the Columbine shooters said that she believes her son wanted to die more than he wanted to kill. We do have a mental health crisis on our hands but can’t we minimize our losses? I don’t know….maybe I’m naive but I think it’s easier to ban assault weapons than it is to solve mental illness. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t address mental health. I’m simply saying that there isn’t ONE issue. We have to start somewhere.
People talk about guns and mental health and policy changes and the NRA but none of those children who were gunned down whether it was Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland or any other location were mentally ill. They were human beings, beautiful and innocent and young who died in terror at the hands of a mentally ill person with a semi-automatic gun. Now…we can’t eliminate mental illness but we sure as hell can eliminate assault weapons. That’s not politics, that’s just plain old common sense. See, as a mom I have to prioritize and I can’t prioritize the shooter. I have to prioritize the hundreds of kids dying a bloody death. Yes I know the shooter needs mental health services but my kid has been told to hide near his backpacks during an active shooter drill. I want to send my child to school and not play this politics game or talk about likelihoods or percentages and debate stupid shit. I want my village to start helping PROTECT our kids. ALL of you. I’ll protect yours also. This is not about probability or charts or percentages, this is about the village doing everything it possibly can to protect our children. One dead child is one too many.
I think it’s time for the village to PROTECT our children by voting and making our voices heard. We can’t raise them if we can’t protect them. We have to protect them from ourselves and our high and mighty viewpoints and desire to debate stupid shit. Our lives are a flash in the pan. Yours is almost over. What is your legacy going to be? Why is the human race still so barbaric? All of our arguments on social media are just nonsense.
You know….guys…just a thought. Maybe we stop letting politics tell us how we should feel. Screw them. I’m a more complex individual than what the Republican or Democratic Party tells me is the party line. I think we are at a turning point. Neither party truly represents the values and wishes of WE the people. So I have a suggestion. Pick the issues that are most important to you, really look inside your hearts and pick those issues and take your time to research and make good decisions when you vote. Be the best human being you can possibly be.
November is right around the corner.