In December 2012, 28 people were killed in a shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut…and we as a nation said,”Never again.”
That’s a year and a half ago…approximately 79 weeks ago. What’s happened since then?
According to a report by the gun safety organization Everytown there have been 74 shootings since then–a shooting in/at a school almost every week since then. That includes suicides, homicides, assaults, as well as mass shootings. That’s only stories that were reported in the news media…not the ones that weren’t deemed newsworthy, which means the numbers were probably underreported. Never again?
How many more tragedies will it take before we can have a civil and much-needed discussion pertaining to how we treat mental health issues and the need for sensible gun control?
We need to be willing to listen to each other…to truly listen, not get caught up in political posturing and media soundbites. We MUST have conversation that acknowledges the very real challenges that face us,if we want to create a safe world for our children and grandchildren.
Do we really need people running around carrying assault weapons? Weapons designed for no other purpose than to kill as many people as quickly as possible?
We have to acknowledge that mental illness is real…and be willing to spend what is required to get people the help they need. We have to figure out ways to do our best to keep weapons out of the hands of those not mentally stable.
Is this going to be easy? No.
Is it possible? I think so…but only if we can put aside our preconceived prejudices and ideas…and are willing to listen to each other and work together for the sake of the generations yet to come.