Three weeks ago today 20 little children, their teachers and a long-suffering mother were senselessly gunned down by a seemingly mentally ill young man with assault weapons.
The entire nation watched in horror. We wrung our hands. We tsk-tsk-ed. We said some prayers that day. We wrote angry rants on Facebook. Some of us wrote our congresspeople.
Then it was Christmas, a fiscal cliff, a new year, new stories. We turned our attention elsewhere.
We must NOT abandon those kids and their families or the families of the brave schoolteachers.
We must NOT just tsk-tsk.
The NRA works every day of the year to ensure guns are plentiful. What are WE doing?
Did you know that there are over 80 guns for every 100 people in America?
Can you think of one good reason why anyone, anywhere, at any time needs an assault weapon?
Please join me in REGULARLY writing our president, your two senators and your one representative to demand an end to assault weapons, to demand a tightening of gun control measures and to demand better funding and accessibility for mental health programs.
Will this prevent another Newtown, Connecticut? Perhaps not. But when the more civilized nations of the world have banned assault weapons or instituted gun control their mass shootings have disappeared.
We can make a difference. We owe it to those small children to act on their behalf.
I pledge to contact my representatives at least once/month for a minimum of 26 months to demand positive change. I plan to do it on the 14th of each month.
Will you join me?