Repost of a Facebook post. Sorry, not sorry if this offends some.
And I will put that on a national scale. I hear a lot of lip service to caring for those involved and prayers etc…. But NOTHING has changed in decades.
We, the citizens are no different than those cops standing outside watching the carnage. Wringing our hands and wondering what to do.
There are some who will act. Those who will step up and protect what is valuable to them. Those that will recognize it’s too easy for a teenager to get a weapon made to kill in bulk. Those that will talk about mental illness.
I have lived and worked with teenagers for the last few decades. They are not all mature at 18. I was a hormonal freak at 17…. I am lucky I survived driving a car while filled with teen angst.
I’m really stringing some thoughts here so I apologize.
When I was about 14 or 15 I remember a day that will stay with me for the rest of my life. School got out as usual, I walked out to the bike rack to get on my BMX bike and ride home. 2 fellow classmates who I had known since kindergarten growing up in bucolic Fairbury IL came up and held me from leaving. They forced me from my bike and proceeded to beat me up for “fun”. Punching me in the face and body. I was humiliated and pissed for years about this. But I can tell you, the same hormones that made these guys do what they did to me could have come back equally for revenge (maybe 10 fold). Fortunately, it was never an issue. If we had a gun at home, I didn’t know it.
Same as my kids, our guns are secured and put away for emergency use only.
I don’t care if it’s your hobby, occupation, or patriotic freedom. Admit that there are kids and adults who do not have the mental capacity to handle the power of a gun.
Then act and do something about it like that mom who risked her life for what is important.