I do find it frustrating that, this day and age, acts of atrocity are no longer addressed from the perspective of humanity but, rather, politics. This is scary.
It’s scary because, in situations such as mass murders, rather than address the actions of one person towards another, we replace humans with numbers and then, through our own selfishness, look towards someone else who will help us manipulate those numbers in a way that we see fit.
The simple fact is, so far, 17 voices, that could have contributed to our conversations of statistics and interpretations of the 2nd amendment, have been violently silenced. I’m pretty sure that, of those voices, Republican and Democrat thought would have been represented.
Will it take the murder of one of our own children to bring out the humanity we claim to have?
This newspaper article wasn’t published in light of yesterday’s shootings but it appears that mass shootings are now routine enough for this article to remain relevant.
The comprehensive study, supported by worldwide studies, show that the more guns there are in a country, the more mass shootings there are, period.
Mass murder shouldn’t divide us into political groups. It should be bringing us together to rid ourselves of this evil.
Before you respond, from the basis of your own “rights”, having heard of news thousands of miles away from your home and family tree, put selfishness to one side for a moment and allow yourself to be present in a classroom of young children being hit by rounds from the magazine of an AR-15 (or any firearm, for that matter). Picture the fear, the chaos and hear the screams as life is taken from those that just don’t know why. Innocent smiles and bright eyes, shot through, just so you can exercise your conditional rights.
What really needs to be asked is this. “Is it right for someone to lose their basic human right, to live, so you can exercise your right to be in a position to also take someone’s right to live?” Because, that’s what it really boils down to.
Alyssa Alhadeff, Scott Beigel, Martin Duque, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jaime Guttenberg, Chris Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Helena Ramsey, Alex Schachter, Peter Wang; on behalf of the mess we call our society, I’m sorry and I pray that you can Rest in Peace.