Think back to your time in high school and grammar school, and visualize the classrooms in America that gave us a secure beginning and a basis for our future with loving and dedicated teachers.
This memory brings warm and joyful memories. I can remember my high school journalism teacher, who had quite a sense of humor and kept all of us in suspense each morning as to what his beginning funny stunt would be for the day to get our attention before he got down to business. I adopted some of his stunts to liven up my classroom when, later in life, I followed his lead and became a teacher. He had a major, positive influence on my future life.
But now try to visualize the current state of American schools. Pretend you are sitting in your classroom with these fond memories when the fire alarm goes off and your teacher hurriedly leads you out of the classroom and down the hall and out of the building. Gunfire erupts from a rapid-fire, military-grade weapon, and fellow students start falling as your teacher leads you back into the classroom and is killed as he secures the classroom door to keep the shooter out and you safe.
Those are not the memories we want for America, and now this is the time to act in unison and call out our do-nothing lawmakers and leaders. It is time to stand up — as the high school student survivors of the most recent attack are doing — and let the world know this is not the America we want.
Now visualize your own children and grandchildren in the school setting. Is this what you want in terms of safety for your own family? Certainly not. But unlike the National Rifle Association argument, this is not a 2nd Amendment issue. It is an issue of public safety that deserves strong action. It can be solved easily.
The NRA survives to support gun manufacturers and with their massive supply of money they bamboozle our elected officials into introducing no significant legislation. If these legislators step out of line, they are coerced under threats of not funding them and threat of another running in their place.
It is beyond time to get rid of all the weak-kneed legislators that support no action and all kinds of distracting ideas to avoid the real issue, which is the general public’s access to fast action military-grade weapons.
Military guns are not hunting rifles because a good hunter does not need them to kill deer and birds. Nothing in normal hunting activities would cause us to need these high-powered, rapid-fire, military-grade weapons. I’d never have been able to enjoy the meat I’d taken hunting if I’d ruined the carcasses with AR-15 ammunition.
We need to follow Australia’s lead, as they have had zero mass shootings since 1996. The solution is an easy one — it is time to ban the sale of these types of weapons to the general public, and to set a time certain for the return of all those in the possession by the general public. Failure to do so and having one in your possession needs to have jail time as a penalty and deterrent.