Hearing of another school shooting breaks my heart. Guns and assault rifles are too accessible to the public, and our elected officials apparently do not have a problem with it. They have not done anything about it. Clearly, the politicians are afraid of offending their big money contributors. It is all so shameful. When a life is lost, the members of Congress offer their thoughts and prayers and want the flags to flown at half-staff. Those acts pale in comparison to the loss of life and the grief felt by family members and those witnessed the massacres.
We live in country where our ideals and priorities are skewed and off kilter. We want to ban books and tell women what to do their bodies, but people can buy military grade assault weapons with no background check or check to see if they are mentally stable. Supposedly, this is the land of the free and the brave. One who is brave does not commit cowardly acts of murdering innocent children and adults. Thou shall not kill is so unfamiliar to so many nowadays.
A radio personality opined that no changes would transpire until a member of Congress lost a child or family member to a school shooting. Will it really make a difference? Gabby Giffords was shot during an assassination attempt and mass shooting on January 8, 2011. Former President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded during an assassination attempt on March 30, 1981. Gun reform is always a topic of discussion, but it is never more than the money the politicians receive from the NRA.
Clearly, many people have lost sight of what is important. Life is important. It is supposed to be. It should be. People are important. In 2020, the leading cause of death among children ages one through 18 involved a firearm. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions stated that gun violence was the leading cause of death among children, teens, and young adults under age 25. How many children must die? Why is the life of a child so unimportant to the lawmakers?