Friday, December 14, 2012
Friday Books: Gun Control
On Dec. 3 I wrote about gun violence. Since then (only 11 days later) the following have happened:
1) In Minnesota - a 2 year-old was shot and killed by his brother who was playing with a gun that he found in their house.
2) In Minnesota - a grandfather shot and killed his own teen-age granddaughter, who was at the back door fumbling with her key, thinking it was a stranger breaking into his house.
3) In Oregon - a mass shooter at a mall killed shoppers.
4) Today in Connecticut - a mass shooter killed small children as young as five years old and teachers in their school!
These are the incidents I can remember. I'm sure there are more. I heard on the radio tonight that there are usually about 20 public shootings per year in America. Today's in Connecticut is out of the ordinary simply because of the ages of the victims and the higher-than-average number of deaths. It's not even an anomaly if one looks only at the numbers.
I am heart sick. How can we keep accepting this as a "normal" part of American life?
On Dec. 3 I said I was going to write to my legislators. I did not do it, because most of my reps already agree with me on gun control (we need more of it) and because it feels so hopeless to tackle such an enormous topic in today's political climate. It still feels that way. But now I am going to write to them. There may be one who needs a little push. Ultimately, if we could pass stricter laws and save one life, it would be worth it, wouldn't it??? I think those parents in Connecticut would have been thrilled if we had managed to save one of those children by acting earlier than we did.
I am still reading a good book, nearing the end, but am not ready to give my Friday book report. Instead, I encourage any blog readers who reside in the USA to speak up for gun control, to help create a saner world that will protect us from ourselves.