I could not believe the news this morning, and I can’t believe someone could do this to children–or anyone. My prayers and thoughts go out to anyone who has been hurt spiritually or physically by this senseless act. We need to watch out for each other in this world. I wish there were no guns…
“When asked about the possibility of gun ownership reform this morning, your press secretary said: “There is, I am sure, will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I do not think today is that day.”
Respectfully Mr President, that is wrong. Today is EXACTLY the right day to be talking about gun control.
Why? Because those who died today didn’t give their lives for anything, Mr President.
They had their lives taken from them.
They didn’t choose to die. They didn’t walk boldly into harms way for some great cause, to defend their country, to fight for a better life, to free others from oppression.
When you’re five-years-old you and you haven’t even had the chance to ask a grown up what ‘death’ means yet, you can’t give your life for anything. When you haven’t heard of the 2nd amendment and you don’t know about the so-called ‘right’ to bear arms and you don’t realise that ‘rights’ even exist… you can’t give your life for anything.
When yours is a world where mum, dad and teacher’s word is law and where the best thing that can happen is the sound of a Mr Whippy van playing Greensleeves and the worst, is tripping in the playground and scraping your knee… you can’t give your life for anything.
When you’re only five-years-old, like some of the children whose lives were brutally cut short today, you’re not cognitively capable of knowing whether or not you would want your death to be used as impetus for change or reform.
So you, Mr President, have to do that for them.”
We don’t have the right to bare arms in Australia. Sure, sometimes we have criminals do insane stuff on the streets with them, usually to each other; and we’ve had crazy gun men commit massacres, but we have gun control, so this is much less than if we didn’t have that. And I know that the US and Australia are two different countries with different views and different laws, but our children are the same. The way a parent loves a child is the exactly the same. I wish this didn’t happen today, or any day. I wish those children did not loose their lives, and I wish the parents could have their dear little ones back. I wish… I wish there were no guns.