One school shooting, one too many. One mass shooting, one too many. One AR-15, one too many. Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough. Action needs to be taken. Policy and change is what’s needed. Congress needs to act now. I’m going to act now.
This just feels like the most common sense. This is a gun issue to its basic core. Yes, there are underlying factors of grief, depression and mental illness but those on their own don’t cause the loss of innocent lives until a gun is put into the mix.
Furthermore grief, depression and mental illness prevail around the world on a daily basis. Talking about how more funds and support should go towards these resources are all good, but hollow at the same time because those that want more emphasis in mental health illness over gun laws are the same people who have cut mental health budgets in the past. AND for this autism mother, these people have reduced spending and slashed the budget for those with disabilities recently. They go hand in hand! Those with mental health issues have disabilities.
Then there are those that think school staff members should be armed in school. Are you kidding me! I won’t go into all the reasons why this is absurd but I will tell you this: as an autism mom, I have already seen way too many children with autism being hand cuffed at school. What would happened if my J had a meltdown and became aggressive, which he does at times now due to sensory overload, lack of understanding or being unable to communicate. Handcuffing him would be a violation, but who’s to say that this armed staff member wouldn’t decide to pull the trigger on him because they thought that was the only option with J’s aggression? What if they didn’t understand or were aware of the situation and J’s autism?
I’m mad. Mad that I have to be worrying about all of this. Mad that this even has to be a debate. I’m mad at the reason all flags are at half staff. Our children should not have to worry about being shot at school with a gun that should be banned.
It’s not something that should be easily escapable. Innocent people, innocent children, lost their lives because our laws are broken. Something needs to give, something needs to change with the way people think about gun control.
Until it is changed, or better yet fixed, are all parents and their children waiting for their school to victimized next? Are we all just waiting for our life to be affected next? We shouldn’t have to worry about our children going to school, our family shopping at the mall, my son going to the movie theater or my husband & I enjoying a concert and being shot. We should have a better sense of knowing we are safe within our communities and country. That illusion has been shattered one too many times. When will one too many be no more?