I used to abide by the rule of not really talking about serious political issues either on my blog or on my blog’s Facebook page.
I have written a handful of posts about charities or causes dear to me and guess what? They remain among the least-read posts in my collection.
Do you know what my most popular posts are? Highlights of The Bachelor and recaps of Real Housewives of Atlanta that explain what “you got read” means.
I get it. Sex sells, so they say.
Well, sex and trashy reality TV, I suppose. And I’m cool with that– I know that’s what many of you are here for. The recaps. Discussions about Big Brother or my crush on Adam Levine. The fun stuff.
My decision to not write about the hard stuff was actually just a wimpy one. I didn’t want to piss anyone off. (Except anti-vaxers. I’ll gladly piss you off.)
But you know what? I’m tired. Both literally tired from being up since 5:00 A.M. and mentally weary of hearing about yet another mass shooting in our country.
And I’m on my second glass of wine so you’re gonna hear what’s really on my mind about guns.
Let me start by saying that I used to feel that having a gun in one’s home was okay. I have family members who hunt. I’ve seen shotguns and rifles. Have I ever touched them? No. Nor have I had a desire to.
I was never bothered by the guns. I knew that if I had kids, I probably wouldn’t want them playing in a house that had guns, but that seemed far off. I also felt that if I ever lived alone, a gun might make me feel safer.
So I didn’t get involved in the gun politics. It wasn’t something that I was passionate about.
The Newtown shootings touched a nerve. I wept and watched the television coverage for days. My husband refused to watch it with me. He told me I was participating in sensationalizing a tragedy, which I was, I suppose. But I didn’t care.
They were in first grade! Kids! I told him. We have kids!
Days, weeks, months passed. I forgot. I forgot how I felt. I forgot the sadness and the rage and the promise that I would participate in the fight against guns and make this country safer for my kids.
And then yesterday happened. I saw the news of the shootings pop up when I was flipping through the channels.
It didn’t faze me. Should it?
It happens all the time now. All the time.
I was honestly surprised that it was taking up so much of the news last night. Aren’t we tired of hearing about this? Tired of publicizing it and giving these a**holes a name? Attempting to figure out what “mental illness” they had that made them commit such a heinous act of terror?
Newsflash: it’s time to stop blaming mental illness for every single shooting. Maybe it’s just that the shooter was a fame-hungry loser who played too many violent video games and had easy access to firearms.
So far in 2015 there have been 274 days and 294 mass shootings, defined as an incident in which four or more people are killed or injured by gunfire.
As I sat watching the coverage of Roseburg I got more and more furious. What is wrong with this country that we can’t come together and figure out a way to stop this from happening?
Oh and guys, guess what? It’s not rocket science. All we have to do is TAKE AWAY THE GUNS.
It’s that simple.
After a mass shooting in 1996 that killed 35 and wounded 23 more, Australia did the unthinkable. It took the guns away and there hasn’t been a mass shooting since.
Why can’t the United States do that? The only answer I can come up with is that we are a bunch of idiots. Because honestly, how many more times do we have to bear witness to a mass shooting before we change our gun policy?
Is this not yet enough?
Do you think that Sheriff Hanlin who is handling the Umpqua Community College shootings still feels that gun control is “an insult to the American people?”
I know that my feelings about guns have now changed and as a mom, I am not going to shy away from this issue anymore. If I lose some blog followers, oh well.
Here’s the truth. Guns are an unnecessary part of our society. They don’t make us safer. They make society more dangerous.
So listen. It’s time to get involved.
Speak up. Rally your friends. Let your government know that you want change and you want it now. Anyone can advocate and what better cause than gun control?
Maybe I’m selfish, but I want my kids to be able to go to the movie theater and feel safe while they are sitting in the dark eating popcorn and Twizzlers.
For God’s sake, I want them to feel safe walking into their school. Is that too much to ask?
I don’t think so.