Yesterday a relative of my son-in-law died.
Yesterday his brother-in-law’s niece went to school. She’s a high school freshman. Fifteen years old.
Yesterday she was the last person, of 17, identified as a victim in Parkland, Florida.
A couple of years ago she and her family came to our vacation home in Boca Raton to spend a day at the beach with us. I have a group picture. She’s in the middle, three people over from me. She’s smiling, happy.
Today I am shaking at the news. My anger grows by the minute. Those who follow me on Facebook know how frequently I have screamed at the bullshit arguments of the NRA and their spineless political lackeys in the Republican party.
Today, following the slaughter, Nick Morton, a friend from Australia, reacted to my latest anti-NRA post:
You know, here in the civilised world we simply cannot understand America’s gun laws.
We see it as the greatest failing of your mighty nation.
We see it as a failure of logic.
We see it as government supporting big business over the (majority) will of the people they were elected to serve.
We understand there are emotive arguments involved, but we simply cannot understand why you continue to allow your children to be massacred.
We believe that logically, the government must do something to stop it, and their failure to do so is a damning indictment of their inability to support the common good.
The needs of the many must be considered more important than the wants of a few.
I feel so sorry for the families of those 17 kids, and I would love to see the politicians blocking gun reform actually look them in the eye and say there’s nothing that can be done.
In the first 45 days of 2018, there have been 18 school shootings in the U.S., twice the number that took place in the same period last year.
Yesterday, Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat from Connecticut, said on the Senate floor:
“Let me just note once again for my colleagues …This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America, this epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting. It only happens here, not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction.”
“We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else,” he later added.
How long are we going to wait? Why does your “right” to carry an assault rifle supersede that girl’s right TO LIVE?
Do something. Give money, give time, give effort. Support leaders who stand up to the madness, and work to defeat those who bow down to the murderous NRA.
Thanks for caring about the truth.
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