Below is my letter that I’ve written to my senator(s) and congress representatives. You don’t have to agree every statement in it. You don’t have to mirror my sentiment. But you SHOULD write to your representatives. You SHOULD do something. Be the change.
As a citizen in your district I am reaching out to you in hopes of a change. My heart is broken. Our nation needs not to lose another single drop of blood to a school shooter. I am a mother and the thought of losing my child in such a senseless way – a preventable way – tears me apart inside. Even though my son is only 14 months old, I am already fearful of sending him to public school when he is of age. This is America. I should not feel that way. I don’t have a single solution to this enormous problem. But I know that a solution MUST be found. We must start now. We should have started decades ago. Gun ownership is too easy. The ability to obtain a gun requires very little effort. Why? It takes more to get a driver’s license than it takes to get a gun. That is not okay. Cannot the use of a gun kill just as easily as a car? While my family owns guns, I would give up EVERY SINGLE ONE to save the life of my child — to save the life of any child. But gun ownership responsibility is not the only place problems lie. Our country pretends that mental illness does not exist. Why is mental health not an important topic? I’ve seen depression; I’ve experienced anxiety; I’ve watched bipolar disease, pathological lying, schizophrenia and other mental health problems destroy. Mental illness is real. We cannot pretend it is not an issue. We as a society have swept it under the rug. It cannot stay there any longer. We need to put more effort and more money into addressing this issue. Lastly, our schools are not protected. If I am to enter a courthouse for any number of a various reasons, I must go through a metal detector. I am subjected to a thorough search of my bags. I cannot bring certain items into it. But I can walk into a public school without so much as a glance. Why? Are the people and merchandise in the court-house more important that the millions of young children throughout the country? I think not. This nation’s children should not have to worry about an active shooter. They should not have to question if their lives are in danger when they are walking to class. They should not have to suffer from PTSD for the rest of their lives because they witnessed their peers being murdered in their place of education. So for the sake of my child, for the sake of your children, for the sake of America’s youth, DO SOMETHING.
A Concerned Citizen