I don't want to send my kid to school anymore. I don't.
For about a half second every day, I think - this could be the day my kid's school is shot up. And there is nothing I can do about it.
Maybe if we all didn't send our kids to school for a week - our message would be heard? Maybe if we boycotted schools, daycares and told our college kids to stay home for a week - the clear powerful message, that we ARE DONE. That we've had ENOUGH of this violence, would reach our politicians.
(seriously, if you want to organize a protest, I'm here, and ready). But, if we can't protest, we must be involved. It is our duty, if we are against something, to be involved in the conversation and the action.
I'm posting this because I want any mothers, any parents that feel they need to start taking action against gun violence - to know where to go. To know which resources and groups are really effective in eliciting change. Real change. They all have slightly different methods and strategies - but the main message is clear. They want to make America safer for everyone - especially our kids.
So if you're scrolling through this and think "I don't have time." Simply put your name into a petition. Sign up on the email lists to stay informed. You don't have to be marching in the streets to help with change. Do what you feel compelled to do. Do what you have time to do.
Before you think I want to ban all guns from everyone and everywhere - let me clear my throat for this....I'm about to school you.
Listen up, muthas.
I am for COMPREHENSIVE solutions to the pattern of gun violence in this country. That means - both sides, gun advocates and gun control advocates working together for solutions. Viable solutions, that we can all live with. Everyone needs to come together. Everyone has something valuable to add to the conversation and the discussion. In order for this whole change to work - a majority has to be on board - like gun control advocates AND responsible gun owners.
To deny that there is a problem here, is plain preposterous and ridiculous. It's equally absurd to do absolutely nothing about this very clear, and present problem.
Inaction will not create the change. Inaction is agreeing with status quao. Doing nothing is not an option anymore. Because so far, doing nothing, has got us nowhere but mourning more precious lives.
How many more lives are you willing to pay for this country's "right to bear arms?"
I'll share an excerpt from an article I wrote about my own experience with guns.
"By not making any changes, and not coming together and brainstorming viable solutions to the problem of gun violence we are saying that the mass shootings in Newtown, the shootings in Charleston, and Louisiana, the deadly shooting of a young reporter and photojournalist and [those those latest victims in Oregon] - are the price we pay for our 2nd Amendment right, as it stands. We’re willing to pay the price of those lives, just so we can bear arms, hug our guns at night in our homes, and carry them around in case we have to save the public from a dangerous shooter on the loose (which by the way – law enforcement officers are the ones that usually take down armed madmen). "
Here are some organizations to get you started on your road to ACTION.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Everytown for Gun Safety
Americans For Responsible Solutions
Sandy Hook Promise
Also, there is this great article by a fellow writer, They Are Too Young to Know the Horror of School Shootings. It talks a lot about the common fear that parents have with sending their kids off to school in the wake of so many random shootings.
I've written about gun violence extensively, my most recent article referenced above in the excerpt is,
I Was Both Saved and Scarred by Guns.