Texas School Shooting: Don’t Wait In Silence For The Next Massacre

Think about those innocent kids in Texas, and don’t let them slip out of your mind.

Think of their shock and fear when the shooter opened fire.

Think of their suffering, their little bodies on the elementary school floor, the sirens, the screams.

Think of their parents, hoping, praying, waiting in agony.

Think of siblings, grandparents, whole families condemned to the impossible for life – trying to make sense of senseless violence.

Think of the children who survived but will never escape memory.

Think of that deep dark sea of ​​agony and let it stir your consciousness.

The temptation is to gasp, look away, and move on, because it’s too painful to linger, and the next horror is just around the corner.

Don’t be fooled.

To wallow in grief. Be horrified. Be angry. Be attached to the idea that we are all in the line of fire, that it could have been any of us, anywhere, anytime, because no one or nowhere is in security.

Believe in the idea that it is not inevitable, it is intended.

Gun death is everyday and everywhere in the United States because guns are everywhere.

With every mass shooting we cry out for peace, but we are armed for war and blood is flowing on the hands of many.

The arms lobby. The apologists. Legislators who call for prayer but never for change. People who buy guns for their safety, even though those arsenals put us all at greater risk.

“We have seen a massive and unprecedented increase in gun purchases that began in 2020 and, after a brief respite at the end of 2021, has continued until now,” says Dr. Garen Wintemute, emergency physician and director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.

“We are indeed running a nationwide experiment to answer the question, ‘What happens when a society experiences a massive increase in access to firearms alongside increasing social and political polarization? ? “

More from Wintemute and his team:

“Many people contemplating gun violence – including 80% of mass shooters – make their intentions known in advance. Such warnings provide an opportunity to intervene before tragedy strikes. Extreme risk protection orders, known as gun violence restriction orders (GVROs) in California (and colloquially as “red flag” orders), are one such intervention. »

Think of all the lives that could be saved with universal background checks, cracking down on phantom guns, and eliminating assault weapons.

Think of the lingering pain of Columbine Colorado, Stoneman Douglas Florida, El Paso Walmart, Orlando Florida, the nightclub, Virginia Tech, Las Vegas, San Bernardino, San Ysidro, of Thousand Oaks and all the others.

Think of the families who lost children at Sandy Hook and were then tormented by claims that it was all staged and that grieving parents were crisis actors.

Don’t just think of the massacres, but also of the daily shootings, which result in many, many, many more deaths.

Think of the disease, anger, isolation, inequity and vast societal dysfunctions that often fuel violence, causing epidemics of death and suffering in our poorest communities.

Ask yourself why no other country has our homicide rate.

Use the power of your vote to elect gun control candidates and vote out those who campaign for the gun lobby.

Support one of the many organizations trying to make a difference, including the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign, Newtown Action Alliance, Stop Handgun Violence, and the Violence Policy Center, which released the statement following after the last massacre:

“The cold horror of this attack should be unthinkable, but it has now become commonplace. Children’s lives are routinely sacrificed, families continually destroyed, and communities forever changed as a result of our nation’s suicidal adherence to the distorted vision of America promoted by the gun industry and the corporate lobby. fire arms. As a nation, we should be disgusted with what we have become, ashamed of our abandonment of public safety to those who promote increasingly deadly firearms as the solution to almost every problem, and enraged by those who reject these attacks as “the price of freedom”. .’”

Think about those innocent kids in Texas, and don’t let them slip out of your mind.

May they rest in peace and may we stand up in their name.

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Los Angeles Times

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