Another mass shooting. Seventeen+ people dead. Most of them were kids. Others still hospitalized, fighting for their lives. Stories surface of heroes that shielded students as the gunman opened fire. Our TV screens are overflowing with the unimaginable pictures they say aren’t suitable for younger viewers.
A new year just started. Once again, there are students, parents, teachers, first responders, doctors, and nurses trying to pick up the pieces from another mass shooting. Trying to un-see disturbing, haunting pictures they may never be able to erase from their minds.
Another community changed forever by a heartbreaking tragedy, a community that was recently named as one of the safest cities in their state. There is no safe place. It can happen anywhere.
Social media overflows with angry debates, some ranting about the killing; some saying arming teachers is the answer.
People cry. Many pray. Lawmakers again take no action and the incident will be soon forgotten. Nothing ever really changes.
Soon another tragedy will happen; in a church, at a concert, or on a city street. People will once again be massacred by weapons designed for war. And the cycle will start again.
I’m tired of hearing arguments. Tired of listening to the excuses.
I’m tired of reading the tweets and the posts on Facebook.
I’m tired of watching interviews with our elected officials. Party affiliation doesn’t matter; they all say the same thing. We’ve heard it all before, too many times.
- Insensitive words asking for a moment of silence on the Senate or House floor. An insult to the victims that died; a sick excuse for inaction.
- Insensitive words referring to the next shooting as another unfortunate happening.
- Insensitive words that make promises that are never kept. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people in (fill in the blank). We’re always with you. You’re never alone.”
- Overused words that say now is not the appropriate time to talk about it.
I beg the question. If not now, when will be the appropriate time to talk about it?
How many more innocent people have to die before our leaders find the political courage to stop the slaughter?
NOW IS EXACTLY THE TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT.
It’s time to stop the hundreds of MILLIONS of dollars flowing from the NRA into congressional pockets. Our lawmakers are failing us. They are being paid to keep quiet. To do nothing.
Our problems extend far beyond gun violence, but the fact that people are dying promotes this problem to the top of the heap.
Now is the time for an honest-to-goodness discussion to find viable common sense solutions to mitigate gun violence instead of once again offering condolences and empty words.
The people who die in these senseless mass shootings are real people, with real names, members of real families. They were someone’s child, wife, husband, sister, brother, mother, father, aunt, uncle, cousin, or friend. They were killed by a weapon of war. No amount of rhetoric, arguing, and indecision will bring them back to life.
Elected officials, in case you all haven’t noticed this country, is a hot mess. It is broken.
We can’t pay our bills. We are trillions of dollars in debt with no plan to repay; operating on a deficit budget, spending Monopoly money. Our infrastructure is literally falling apart.
I live within my budget. 50 states have to balance their budgets. Isn’t it time for the federal government to start living within their budget that includes putting money aside to get us out of debt.
You were elected to serve this country, to make it a better place to live and work. Your job description doesn’t include accumulating personal wealth or personal power. You work for the citizens of the United States. We expect you to DO YOUR JOB!
Congress brags about a recent tax reform bill that benefits the wealthy with never ending tax cuts and gives superficial tax cuts to the middle class for a few years and then takes them away. No real savings realized just trillions of dollars added to an already overwhelming debt.
All of the accusations, the finger pointing, and the ranting accomplishes nothing but ignites more anger and creates more separation. At this point, it really doesn’t matter whose administration created the problems. None of them have done a good job.
All of this is happening right now. It is broken. On. Your. Watch. Stop playing the Blame Game and get to work on finding some solutions that work.
We don’t need another band-aid. We need real change and that requires hard work.
Sit down. Talk with one another not as Republicans or Democrats, but as elected officials that have pledged to do your best for this country.
Roll up your sleeves, talk, listen, respect each other’s opinions, find consensus, and learn to compromise. Don’t quit until you find some real answers.
Do the job you were elected to do. Pass real tax reform, common sense gun laws, laws that serve the majority, make us safer while protecting our Constitutional rights.
Take care of the NEEDS OF THIS NATION; your personal WANTS carry no weight.
Our brokenness is about more than common sense gun laws, but that seems to be the place to start. There isn’t enough room to list all of the problems our country faces. WE ARE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE.
This is not a game. Lack of leadership has put America at risk and we deserve better.
“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”
— Albert Einstein