This morning, I looked at the news with dread to find out more information about the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. After I found out more horrible details about that one, I saw that there had been another mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.
For years, many people have presented credible cases on ways to reduce gun violence in the United States and polls indicate that most Americans agree with these changes.
And yet, the mass shootings go on.
What can we do?
This is what I do:
- I write about it in my blog (even when it’s too much to process).
- I ask for contributions to Everytown for Gun Safety on my birthday and today.
- I vote for people who share my views about gun violence.
- I support my son in attending a University outside of the United States, partly because I believe he is safer there.
- I encourage the acceptance and love of the different parts of each human being and the different parts of the human race.
I also distract myself from this horrific violence in my country by taking photos of other things.
It’s an uphill climb to find a solution for uncontrolled violence; I hope we find it fast.
Here’s “Mass Shootings: When words fail” featuring Steve Hartman and The Onion:
Thanks to all who helped me create today’s blog post and — of course — to you, for being here, now.
The saying “With great power comes great responsibility” has become cliche but that’s because it’s so true. I thought of it when lawmakers in Tennessee tried to pass a law allowing people to carry guns to work even against the wishes of their employer. The argument some lawmakers made was “sometimes people forget they have a gun in their car”.
Guns are extremely powerful and no one should ever be so irresponsible as to forget they have one or where it is, and allowing people to be so irresponsible is inexcusable.
The law, when used correctly, reminds us what our responsibilities are. It’s sad that we keep having this conversation and will keep having it until there are laws that promote responsibility.