This mother said that she just kissed her daughter’s innocence goodbye. When she first saw her little girl standing above the toilet she laughed and was about to send the picture to her husband when her daughter spoke up.
Immediately Stacey broke down, she was balancing on the toilet because she was practicing a lockdown drill procedure she’d learned at school. Teachers had shown them how to hide from shooters. It is sad children have to practice this, but please don’t blame the guns, blame what should be blamed, the person using it.
Though standing on the toilet may be a simple action, its implications are far greater. Realizing this, Stacey is now asking politicians to see their own children, grandchildren, and future generations in her own daughter. These young people will live in a world influenced by the decisions they make. “They are barely 3 and they will hide in bathroom stalls standing on top of toilet seats,” continued Feeley. “I do not know what will be harder for them? Trying to remain quiet for an extended amount of time or trying to keep their balance without letting a foot slip below the stall door?” The thought of young children worrying about such things is terrifying – especially since they’re concerning themselves with something that shouldn’t be a threat to their safety in the first place.
While Stacey conceded that gun control most likely won’t double as foolproof crime control, she does think it will help. She emphasized her point by asking the following questions: “Why on earth are there not universal background checks? Where is a universal registration database? Why are high capacity magazines ever permitted to be sold to anyone other than direct to the military? Is that really necessary to protect yourself or hunt for that matter? What about smart guns, where are they?” Stacey mentioned that it’s unreasonable to ask that the 2nd amendment be abolished, but it’s also impractical to not allow the Constitution to evolve.
“Where is the access to care for those struggling with mental illness?” Feeley asked. “Politicians, I ask you…how can I help?“
Stacey wondered if all the petitions and rallies are doing anything – because we need action instead of words. She feels that many politicians aren’t working together to make this happen, so it’s up to us to create change. It’s up to us to make a difference, or to help those who have the power to make a difference. This is particularly important in light of the fact that the Senate just rejected a set of gun control laws that could have prevented suspected terrorists from acquiring weapons and could have also strengthened background checks.
I’m not sure where this mother’s logic is coming from, she is blaming the wrong thing completely. The point of view coming from Liberals is interesting, they should get their facts straight before they have an unnecessary emotional breakdown. Wouldn’t she rather her daughter be safe? How will she be safe if she doesn’t practice procedures to protect her? Taking guns away from the people who will protect her child, helps keep them safe how?
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