I’m feeling bad, sad, angry, and helpless over two events this week.
1. This past Saturday afternoon, two beloved police officers were fatally shot responding to a potential domestic situation in Westerville, Ohio (a town we visit often). Their funerals were today (Friday):
2. On Valentine’s Day, seventeen students in Parkland, Florida, were gunned down by a student who had been expelled from the school:
The police officers were killed in a shoot-out with a criminal with a long record. The students were killed by a student with a history of mental illness. While ALL the deaths make me feel bad, sad, angry, and helpless, what makes my anger burn white-hot is that the student used an AR-15 semi-automatic assault weapon that no civilian needs–a weapon that has been used in most of the school shootings–most of the mass-death shootings–in the U.S. in the last couple of years.
Republican members of Congress, whose campaigns have been heavily funded by the National Rifle Association, refuse to allow any bans on these military-style weapons. As long as this national insanity continues, so will multiple-death incidents facilitated by this weapon.
Other countries are astounded that we allow this madness. I am embarrassed to be a citizen of a country that puts the unrestrained rights of a few gun owners over the safety of the rest of its citizens. This weapon has no other use than to ensure as many deaths as possible in the shortest amount of time.
I repeat: NO CIVILIAN NEEDS A SEMI-AUTOMATIC ASSAULT WEAPON! If you agree, raise your voice.