The gun violence that took place on Friday, December 14th in Connecticut forced me to make a decision; I would no longer allow myself to only experience fear, sorrow and anger. I decided that I would not watch or discuss anything regarding the murder of children for two reasons. One, it takes me only three seconds from thinking about the school to thinking about my own son. Second, I vowed that I would no longer watch if I wasn’t going to do something about it. This letter is the first of many steps I will now take so that I am not simply a bystander.
Before I even mention the political subject on everyone’s mind; I want to make it clear that the pain and devastation will have a ripple effect beyond the obvious. I want everyone to understand that it goes far beyond parents, brothers and sisters. The pain spreads through grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The anger and sadness live on in neighbors, community members and first responders. An entire town now has the burden of living with a horror that will not soon fade. Make no mistake the outcome of all this devastation will include divorce, addiction, clinical depression and even suicide.
What is my point in bringing up the lasting effects of these massacres? My point is that gun violence doesn’t just have an immediate impact, those bullets also destroyed an innocence that will or at least should scar our entire country. The time for reasonable gun control is now and if anyone reading this feels that is not true. Than I would simply ask, what does it take? What more do you need to see? How much more innocent blood need be spilled? American’s have always been better at reacting than preventing, I think of Pearl Harbor, Civil Rights and the National debt. And now that it is too late to prevent this mass murder, we must now react in the only sane way. I hope that history judges us kindly instead of asking, “You knew gun violence was a problem, but you did nothing to solve it. You knew there were reasonable controls you could have put in place to at least try and prevent such senseless bloodshed and you did nothing.”
Today at our local children’s museum they had three security guards working where before there were none. That is reasonable. So is it not reasonable to prevent private citizens from owning weapons designed for military use? If you asked any reasonable American to name ways to try and curb gun violence their answers would be swift, simple and make common sense.
I write this as my first act of many so that I will be able to look my son in the eye and tell him that his father stood up for him and tried to do whatever it took to keep him safe.