I am tired of the saying that guns don’t kill people. This is a cop out that removes all responsibility for those who manufacture and sell these weapons and a convienient response to those who could care less.
I have been avoiding news coverage because I have seen this a thousand times before. A sick little kid, who the government has investigated, was allowed to buy or come into contact with a weapon. This kid is toubled, and the community knows it.
He gets the weapon he wants. He posts his ideology on a social media platform for all to see. He is not hiding, he is actively seeking help in the only way he knows how. This is how we treat our mentally unfit. Just ignore them, they will eventually just go away.
But they don’t. They shoot up schools and churches. They blow up concerts and terrorize their neighbors. They go unchecked. No one wants to help. How do we help?
We then start the grief process. We blame our government for their lack of attention to sensible gun control. We blame the media for their expressions of hate and the video games that they sell. We blame social media for not noticing their users obvious calls for help.
We will never see an end to this until we take the problem seriously, and personal.
Its one thing to demand your elected officials to act, but its another to secure your own communilty. The only way to affect the change you seek is to do the following:
REGISTER TO VOTE – AND RESEARCH YOUR OPTIONS,By registering to vote, you gain the power to help decide who will represent you. If current representation will not commit to gun control, find one that does. Get it in writing, get them to publicly make this their issue. Its up to you to vote, this is your civic duty.
GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS – HELP WHEN YOU CAN,
Get up and knock on the doors of your neighbors. Get interested in who lives in your communities. Get involved civically in your own backyard. When you find a soul who needs your help, offer it. It may make the difference, and you will make friends and ally’s.
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO LOVE,
Our little ones are being drilled to survive an active shooter situation. I saw a meme of a 3 year old girl who was standing on her toilet at home. When her parents asked her why she was doing this, her reply was “We practice this at school”. Does anyone think this is just wrong other than me?
Teach your children to be good citizens and that when they see something they say something. But let them be children. Let them absorb the world as they should. Your words and deeds will develop in them the strength to break this chain of violence.
Yes, I pray for the families and the community that was so awfuly affected by the Parkway Shooting. I pray daily for every soul. Blame is a stage of grief, but so is acceptance and forgiveness. Beyond the pain is real work on every level.
Lets do this folks. We are the generation who can stop this.
Your Friend David