Will we continue to do nothing?
Another 10, 11, 12 or more people dead, some 20 injured. We ask each and every time a mass shooting happens: Why can we not do something about this? Why are we the only country of a similar advanced nature to suffer through this, again and again?
It’s been said before that we may well be suffering a collective form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when it comes to this long list of mass killings. PTSD is manifesting itself in our seeming numbness at each subsequent act. We are so wrapped up in our misery that we don’t know what to do, where to turn. Some say that we as a people have become desensitized to death by gun.
I really hope that neither of these explanations is the case. We all must realize that this defeatist thinking will all but guarantee that the National Rifle Association wins. If you give up, these gun crazies win.
In this country where we all learned in history class about our unalienable rights, we should never allow ourselves to think this way. Our Founding fathers guaranteed “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in our Declaration of Independence. If we shut our mouths and give up, we cannot ever again assume to have these unalienable rights again.
I am sure everyone has heard someone say something like, “If nothing happened to address this after Newtown, nothing will.” After 20 little children, hardly more than babies, were gunned down, along with six adults, it is certainly a terrible state we find ourselves that we could say such things.
But how does quitting the fight honor the memory of all of those children? Of the people killed today in Oregon? Of those people of faith killed in Charleston? Of all of those people who have died during what surely qualifies as one of our longest-running national nightmares?
Standing strong is the only way for decent, caring people to be in the face of the evil of those who encourage more guns. It is the only way to look yourself in the mirror as another person who had need to have a gun used it once more to perpetrate another day of violence on our country.
No. No giving up. The exact opposite should be your reaction. More calls to your representatives. More in-your-face interactions with those who persist in the delusion that a safer nation is one where everyone is armed. More get-out-the-vote efforts to vote the NRA’s representatives in Congress out. That’s right. Those people are not “the peoples” representatives. They represent the gun lobby, practically without shame.
I recognize the need for taking this one step at a time. It’s time, way beyond time, to advance beyond baby steps. It isn’t too soon to talk about firearms regulations, it’s long overdue.