When my daughter and I were having lunch Friday, she told me that 5 year old Andrew now fears being shot.
She went on to say that he’d drawn a gun and, I suppose for good measure, a sword on a piece of paper and then drew x’s through both. He then taped it to his wall, hoping it would keep him safe.
I told her they were probably having gun drills at school and it was difficult for him to understand.
What is this country doing to its children?
With the proliferation of automatic weapons getting into the wrong hands, we have become a place other countries warn their citizens not to visit. That it’s too dangerous to come here.
This is not meant to be a political argument. This is about my grandson. No child should have to worry about going to school and wearing bullet-proof backpacks.
Do you see the idiocy of those very words? Bullet-proof backpacks? It is like a twilight zone we have entered.
Guns are one thing. But automatic weapons, weapons created for war, are another. There is no reason for them being sold here. We are not at war.
Well, I guess in a way we are.
We are at war with legislators who are afraid to pass laws prohibiting automatic weapons from getting into the wrong hands.
Children of this generation will grow up knowing that no public place is safe. Churches, movie theaters, schools, concerts. And the list goes on.
As long as people (typically young white men, it seems) are filled with hatred and have these guns of war at their disposal, we face a tragic dilemma.
We are at a time of crisis.
All my 5 year old grandson understands is that he and his young classmates could be killed when they go to school. That they might ride the bus to school one day and never come home.
If you have children or grandchildren, you are facing the same facts that I am. It could happen at any time in any place.
And as things stand now, there’s not a damned thing we can do about it.