To the Editor:
As were so many parents, I was heartbroken to hear of yet another school shooting. It was particularly painful on the anniversary of Northern Illinois University’s own tragedy that came with so many awful memories – which is why I am so very tired of gun control being a debate.
For the umpteenth time, I’ve seen arguments about it being a mental health issue. Many Western nations have mental health issues, but do you know what they don’t have? Mass shootings like the U.S. Why? They have common-sense gun laws. And on that note, the president rolled back restrictions on the mentally ill owning guns.
I do not understand why anyone needs anything but a basic hunting rifle or a handgun. I do not understand why anyone ever needs as much ammo as most states allow to be sold in one transaction. I do not understand why anyone thinks their right to bear arms means almost immediate satisfaction, minimal if any licensure, and minimal regulation. I do not understand why anyone thinks their gun is more precious than my child.
I should not be fearful to send my son to school. I should not be fearful for the safety of my teacher friends. I should not have to choose between offering my son the mediocre, home education I could provide or sending him to school where I would fear for his safety.
We need gun control now. This is not a partisan issue. Our children are being murdered on a regular basis. We must demand more of our elected officials or vote them out of office. Columbine was 19 years ago. This should not be an issue any longer.
Every parent, every educator, every compassionate human being should be on the phone with their representatives today to demand stricter gun control. Call U.S. Sens.Tammy Duckworth or Dick Durbin or U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger or Randy Hultgren.
Demand your voice be strengthened by their action. Demand our children be kept safe.