There. I said it.
Seventeen lives ended that day and much more are in the hospital trying to regain their health.
Just another mass shooting.
This time is different.
I’d like to think it’s because of the young adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and maybe it is.
Another possibility is that as a matter of mathematical probability, it was a certainty that one of these shootings would be the one where people could no longer accept the death count. The idea of body bags filled with children would cause people to demand that the madness end.
Did that happen?
The victims themselves have stood up and demanded change. The reason these victims are different is that they are not just children, they are young adults. The babies that were murdered at Sandy Hook were too young and gone. Grieving parents were the ones to speak for them and America just wasn’t ready to listen.
The young adults of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have said enough. Their voices are calling out and demanding change. They are intelligent and passionate and their demands are righteous.
We call BS!
I’m 60-years old and the mother of 2 daughters. My first daughter would have been 40 on April 24th and my second daughter will be 19 on April 9th.
My first child was killed by a drunk driver on June 1, 1984. She was 6-years old. My mother and grandfather were in the car with her and they died as well. The drunk driver was 24-years old and the father of 3. He had been suspended for two weeks for drinking on the job and the Monday before the accident was his first day back at work. He had never been assigned a company vehicle before his suspension, but his first day back, they assigned a work truck to him. That Friday, he went out and had some beers with his friends, got in his company truck and drove home at 85 miles-per-hour, crossed over the center divider as he rounded a curve and hit my mom’s car head-on. My mom and grandpa died instantly and my beautiful daughter lived one week.
What is the purpose of my story? Well, in 1984, there was an epidemic drunk driving deaths. There wasn’t a week that would go by that you wouldn’t hear on the news about another death. People became outraged and tougher laws were enacted. The only difference between making laws to restrict driving under the influence and gun control laws is the NRA. People need to take their rage over these mass shootings and channel them into protests over gun laws. March in the streets, sit-in at lawmakers offices, write to your lawmakers, call your lawmakers, talk about it at the water cooler, write about it on social media, yell it from the highest mountains, and don’t stop until our lawmakers hear you.
You can and must continue to protest 45 and his horrific policies, but the true American carnage must end and it needs to end now.
I apologize to the victims if it seems that I’m making this about me, but that’s not the point of this blog. The point is that things can change if the people use the power of their voices and votes. It has worked in the past and it can work now.
BE THE CHANGE
WE CALL BS!