When it comes to war, many generals and high-ranking officers make decisions by the following statement:
The best defense is a good offense.
America is at war. We are at war with the fact that since the Sandy Hook shooting five years ago tomorrow, mass shooting of innocent civilians have become everyday news. After every shooting, we say that things have to change. We have to tighten our gun control laws, we have to ensure that those with mental health issues are receiving the care they need, etc. And then, as it has become par for the course, the outrage and anger slowly begins to fade, that is, until the next massacre of innocent civilians.
Sandy Hook Promise is a non-profit that sprung out of the tragedy of the Sandy Hook massacre. The goal of the organization is to prevent gun violence and to educate everyday citizens on how to prevent gun violence. Their new PSA, called Tomorrow’s News hits home the need for prevention of such acts and learning what the signs are before it is too late.
While we cannot go back in time, we can always move forward. We can find a way to learn from the lessons of our past, if we are willing to do what is necessary.
I remember the day of the Columbine shooting.
It was a warm spring day during my senior year of high school. The news reported the shooting and I remember thinking that it didn’t happen at my high school.
By the time the closing credits of the evening news rolled, 13 people, twelve students and one teacher were dead.
Thirteen years later, another school shooting broke our hearts. At Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, 26 innocents were murdered.
In the nearly 3 years since Sandy Hook, 87 people have been killed by guns in school.
The latest round of gun violence was in Louisiana this past week. John Houser, a man with a criminal record and a history of mental instability, killed two women in a movie theater and injured many others.
I respect the second amendment and what it represents. However, two important points must be made.
- The guns that existed during the American revolution are nothing compared to the firepower of today’s guns.
- This right was created to allow Americans to defend themselves against the then British oppressors, not to randomly kill innocent civilians.
We need common sense legislation on this issue. While respecting the rights of those who legally own guns, we must take control of our country. We must also confront our lax reaction to mental illness.
We have grieved too many times over lives lost due to gun violence. It’s time to end the grief and put laws into place that will prevent future tragedies.