Why

Why do we refuse to do anything? Why are we surprised that putting weapons of war in the hands of civilians results in the deaths of civilians? Why do we think putting more guns in schools will help anyone? Why is it so hard to understand that owning a gun, doesn’t make you any more or less of a “man” (whatever that means)? Why is it so hard to convince people that a child’s life should, AT THE VERY LEAST, be worth having to do extra paperwork?

Why do stare blankly at each other and cry and pray and send condolences, time after time after time, and wonder how shit like this could happen in our country, when so many other countries in the world have figured it out.

Yes, let’s address mental health! But that can only take us so far, and as far as preventative measures for this mass shootings go, I don’t think it’s really that great. I highly doubt that countries with lower rates of mass shooting simply have far superior mental health services. Maybe they do. Though if anything, it’s not the quality of mental healthcare in our country that is lacking, it’s access to it (and interestingly enough, many people who oppose gun control also seem to want to limit access to healthcare).

I’m not here to judge anyone for what they believe or how they conduct themselves. I am simply asking for a little more introspection about why guns are so goddamn important to the people who own them. I’m not going to pretend I know anything about owning or shooting a gun, or the reasons why different people feel they need one. If you oppose gun control, please, let’s talk about it. Let’s talk about what it means to own a gun, which I nothing about, but let’s also talk about studies and evidence, which I know a bit more about. I am genuinely curious about what you have to say and would like to see if we can find some common ground. Deep down I know we all want what is best for our children and we want to prevent as much senseless violence and death as we can. And if we refuse to do anything about guns, then what are we going to do, because sitting around arguing is unacceptable.

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