Now what?

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After hearing of yet another shooting it has become apparent that people no longer see it as rare and infrequent. It’s unfortunate that we have come to think of these events as just another tragic situation in our society. We are in a war zone or so it seems, we’re expecting these events to occur at any time anywhere but when it gets so close we get frightened. We worry about our safety and the safety of others. We cannot process why someone would do this. But they have. They did it and we may never truly comprehend their motives. Then we worry what are we doing, as a society? What matters now is how we respond, what we do from now on. I know Americans will not give up their guns and gun control is a very sensitive issue in this country. But the reality is pretty simple: it is too easy to arm yourself with weaponry and enough ammunition to go into a battlefield. Not one person needs that many bullets for self-defense. Really.

The argument of the right to bear arms was appropriate and reasonable over 100 years ago. I do not believe it makes sense now. People killing others have become so easy that very few people are actually using their guns for self-protection or for leisure pursuit. These people buying rifles and all kinds of weapons are not going to the shooting range for fun; they are going into public places to murder innocent bystanders for no worthy reason. It is heartbreaking, inconceivable and it has to stop.

Prayers will truly not end this situation. We are getting into a civil war zone. Are we expecting everyone to carry guns when they go out now? But not one person had a gun to defend themselves at the recreation center this time. What if they did? How many mass shooting turned out better by having other people with guns there? How that last shooting would look like? More death? More blood? More misery and discontent? I doubt it would have avoided the massive attack. I doubt less death would have been the result. People have to start making the change. No more violence. More education, more prevention, more support for mental health, more background checks for all and less emphasis on having a gun at home. Having a gun isn’t a right you need to fight for. Having access to mental health services is a right to fight for. Having access to resources and protection is a right you have to fight for. Having your workplace be safe is a right to fight for. Going out in the street and feeling safe is a right to fight for. Having our family be safe is your right, fight for it! Safety is your right. Safety is worth fighting for, not gun ownership.

 

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