March 24, 2018. Beverly, Massachusetts
The issue of gun violence is particularly perplexing to school kids. It is a strange time we live in when kids have to rehearse "Lockdowns" and have "Active shooter drills" to be prepared for what we pray never happens in our community, but which has already happened in too many American communities.
The Second Ammendment was written at a time when states were expected to raise their own militia for protection from pirates and foreign interests. Today we have a Coast Guard and State National Guard units to do that. The ammendment was also written at a time when people of color were enslaved and considered under the constitution to be only 60% human. Times have changed. It's about time that laws concerning gun use change with them.
Everytime a bunch of kids get killed in a school, the powers that be insist is not the right time to discuss why this problem is unique to our country. They offer "thoughts and prayers" for the lost children and teachers. I'd like to get to the root causes, ban bump stocks, make it harder to get an assault rifle than a package of Sudafed and offer "Thoughts and prayers" for lost gun rights.
Well said, kid. The NRA owns Donald Trump and half of the U.S. Congress They pour and insane amount of money into congressional campaigns to poison the debate and spread paranoid propaganda. For eight years I heard NRA supporters claim that "Obama is coming for your guns!" I was hoping after awhile that they were right, but sadly on January 20th of last year Obama left to water sju with Richard Branson and all the walking grafftti right wing psychopaths still had their guns.
Enough! In July 2015 My wife Kathy, our son Viterbo, daughter Violeta and I attended the wedding of our dear friend Alaina. Alaina was a therapist who worked with Viterbo when he was in an Early Childhood Intervention Program. Viterbo lost his ability to speak after receiving a flu shot when he was 14 months old. Alaina helped him relearn his words and develop the skills to attend school in an integrated classroom. She became close friends with Kathy and our family and has remained friends for years. Alaina lost her best college friend, Victoria Soto, during the Sandy Hook School shooting in December 2013. They were supposed to be in each other's weddings, but that didn't get to happen. After the Sandy Hook shootings Victoria's family was harassed by rightwing extremists who insisted Victoria never existed and accused them of being paid "crisis actors" The NRA has spent a lot of money to present an alternate reality for its supporters. Imagine going through the grief of losing a loved one and then being accused of making it up, being told your daughter, sister, or best friend didn't exist. That's pretty cruel. Since Saturday NRA apologists have been shamelessly attacking the school kids who organized the nationwide March For Our Lives, as if these kids haven't been through enough.