I cannot with good conscience participate in something as trivial as Three on Thursday, today.
We are 46 days into 2018, just 46 days – 6 and a half weeks – 1 and a half months – and in that short span of time there have been 19 school shootings. That is roughly 1 in every 2 and a half days.
If that does not shock you – it should.
And, if we continue this path it will mean that we can expect another 124 more such incidents before the end of 2018, and yesterday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earned itself 3rd place on the “deadliest shooting” list.
How many more children must be lost to gun violence before we as a nation say enough.
We need commonsense gun laws. We needed them yesterday. Senator Chris Murphy said it best: School Shootings are a “consequence of our inaction”.
Thoughts and prayers are all well and good, but if they are not coupled with action – they are meaningless. And, while my thoughts are with the families of the 17 victims who lost their lives yesterday as well as with those in the hospital recovering from this horrific attack. I will be sending a message to my elected officials today as well. If you are participating in the Month of Letters, perhaps today you should send a note to your elected official telling them that you expect action. If you are unsure of how to do that, you can find your elected official here.
We can no longer be silent.