Put. The Gun. Down.

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text"] Ok you guys, as I was reading the news headlines this morning, I saw the article about last night's shooting at Florida State University. I'm still laying in bed at this point, and with my snoring husband beside me I say, "babe, shooting at FSU last night?" to which he replies sleepily (as he worked late probably due to this news), "yeah, but no one died except the shooter." Ok..."kids, time for breakfast!"....UMMMM there is something fundamentally wrong with the idea that a shooting is so commonplace, we can have a 2 line conversation about it and move on like it's an EXPECTED daily topic. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

This shit makes my blood boil. How many more times are we going to have to wake up and read about more people dying at the hands of gun violence? These victims are parents, children, friends, sisters, brothers, relatives of people who love them. Lives are being ripped apart for no good reason. It seems to be an every day occurance, and yet we do nothing about it. I started looking up statistics and my stomach couldn't take it anymore. Did you know that more than 100,000 people are victims of gun violence in a ONE YEAR span? (I got these statistics from The Brady Campaign). In my opinion, that's 100,000 too many. When will it stop?

We need a change. The laws have to change. If most American's support introducing stricter gun control measures, then why is it not happening? I know the answers to this, I know that politics is a horrible game that plays with people's lives and no one wins because the people at the helm of it all are greedy, selfish bastards. I know this. And I know that has to change too. Everyone should be fired. Term limits should be introduced (this is a blog post for a different day).  We work so hard every day to make sure our homes and families are safe and yet when we send our children out into the world we have to worry about guns? WHAT? NO! That shouldn't even be a thing. Look both ways before crossing a street is something we should say to our kids, NOT watch out for the person with the gun.

I know some people are going to say "you can't make people stop carrying guns" and you're right. No one is saying you can't have a gun, you just have to pass a test to make sure you are able to have one. If you have no issue with taking a test to drive a car or giving away your first born child to buy a home, then why? Why is it so difficult to have to answer some questions about gun ownership? I'm confused by this. It should be a non issue.

My father was a cop. I grew up with guns. I've even shot them a few times. I know about guns. A gun demands respect. You have to be vigilant when using one. You have to be educated about how it works and what it can do. Guns can kill and when they are in the wrong hands they have been the tool of choice for massacre. We're rapidly approaching the 2 year mark of the Sandy Hook shootings. I say mark instead of anniversary because I like to keep the word anniversary for happy occasions. Dec 14, 2012 is a day I could easily have done without (as I know most of us could). I worry for this world. I worry for our children. I pray for resolution. I cry whenever I hear of another one. Another shooting. Another death. Another senseless crime. We have to make it stop. We have to take action.

How long will it be until it's someone you know who is affected by gun violence? Let's not wait around to find out.

There are a lot of places to go to be educated on this subject and have a voice...below is a list of a few: