I know it's the holidays.
I know I have gifts to wrap and cleaning to do to get ready for guests.
I know I'm supposed to be happy that my kids are going to be home with us (for at least a little bit of time), and I am. Really, I am.
But I can't stop thinking about all the grieving families in Newtown, Connecticut
and Aurora, Colorado
and Oak Creek, Wisconsin
and Minneapolis, Minnesotta
and that's just the families affected by mass shootings in the US
since the 20th of JULY!
The year 2011 brought more grief to more families:
October 14, 9 injured or killed in Seal Beach, California
September 6, 12 injured or killed in Carson City, Nevada
January 8, 19 injured or killed in Tuscon, Arizona (where Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford was shot in the head... and we all thought that would be the galvanizing moment that would bring about change)!
That doesn't include any of the families from these shootings in the USA:
I'm not trying to depress anyone or ruin anyone's fun or joy in this holiday season. I'm just trying to bring some perspective to a problem that has gone on far too long and as a mom, as a nurse, as a woman, as an American; I have to speak out and also ask "what can I do as one person to bring about change?"
This article, about the sweeping gun law changes in Australia seems to me to sum it all up perfectly... I don't see the need for further debate... I believe we need to do the exact same things Australia did... we can debate it after stricter gun laws are in place, until the cows come home or until the president of the NRA falls over dead, which ever comes first, I don't care!
I implore our law makers to just DO SOMETHING and DO IT NOW!!!
Not after Christmas, not after the new session starts in 2013,
JUST DO SOMETHING NOW!!!
PLEASE join me in continuing the conversation... write your representatives, write President Obama, write the NRA, write to anyone and everyone you think will listen and will care and will do something productive to keep this conversation going until we make significant, sweeping changes in our gun laws.
We cannot allow this to happen again.
No parent should ever have to bury a child.