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Tonight I was planning on writing about a completely different topic but the recent shooting in Las Vegas has me shook to the core. I think that because I know people that went to the Route 91 Harvest Festival and the fact that I looked into purchasing a ticket, it is feeling close to home.
While I never planned on posting anything political in this blog, I feel that it is time that more people start to voice their opinions on the topic.
Did you know there was a shooting in Lawrence, Kansas yesterday? And one in Memphis, Tennessee the day before that? I read an article that stated, “there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – every nine out of 10 days on average.”
Why is this becoming an everyday occurrence in American life? Why has there not been a gun control law passed by Congress since 2007? Why was I scared to work for Child Protective Services or a homeless shelter, thinking that someday I may have a gun pulled on me if I said the wrong thing. Why is active shooter training done for every new job? Why ARE guns so easy to obtain? Here in Ohio I can take home a gun the same day I go out and look at one!
There are lots of arguments around why mass shootings occur, ranging from video games to the mental health system but why has not a single thing been done to put some sort of system into place to help prevent these shootings?
Now IS the time to start talking about gun control and keeping our communities safe. It’s time to put political differences aside and think of the safety of our friends, family, neighbors, and strangers. I urge you to write to your Senators and Congresspeople about the need for gun control.
Need ideas on what to write or say when you call? Feel free to reach out to me for ideas on what I am writing. Enough is enough.