I heard the following quote on NPR, the day after America's latest school shooting. At first the statement pissed me off and then I realized how all of us try and put distance between our families and the last tragedy.
"It’s not if, it’s when."
America needs to stop wringing its hands and pointing fingers. And stop pontificating:
“society has gone to hell”,
“the good guys need more guns”,
“identify the mentally ill”.
We have all played a part in creating the current atmosphere. And we all have the power to change it. And if lighting a fire under society with the truth of, “it’s not if, it’s when”, doesn’t move us, then I don’t know what will.
Sit down and begin writing to your congressman, form a local group, make your voices heard. And while you’re forming your own speech remember: The deaths occur in seconds, minutes. A hero with a gun is a fantasy.