I am a woman, a mother, and a Texan. I believe in gun control. I’ve trained to use weapons, including a semi-automatic rifle, in line with my duties as a law enforcement officer. I believe in gun control. I’ve stared down the barrel of a gun in fear and I’ve screamed at my toddler son to run for his life. I believe in gun control.
First let us mourn, now is not the time. That is a lie told by men in power meant to lull us back to sleep. We are awake. We are aware that America has a problem. We are ready to do something. We will not be shamed into silence and complacency.
There are no perfect answers. That does not mean that we should not ask the questions. There are no perfect laws. That does not mean that we should not strive for change. We are a country comprised of imperfect men and women. Since our founding, we have never allowed imperfection to stop us from continuous forward momentum. We strive to do better and to be our best. Our Founding Fathers told us, that happiness would be an ongoing pursuit.
Let us begin.
Our America is not yet willing to take away All guns from All people. Are we, therefore, excused from taking action? In the days after a violent shooting as the details are shared, a common denominator often emerges. Do you see it? It isn’t race, religion, or country of origin. It is something much closer to home. It is a history of domestic violence.
The argument could be made that we already have laws preventing men convicted of violent crimes from owning guns. We have laws holding them accountable for their crimes. Do we? Ask a woman holding a protective order in her hands, what enforcement of domestic violence protection is worth. Ask a perpetrator how many days he spent in jail upon conviction. Ask him to show you his gun collection
Our lawmakers are willing to appropriate billions of dollars to sift through thousands of illegal immigrants. Every cent justified by the assertion that we must do all we can, to find and stop one potential foreign terrorist. Yet, nothing can be done to stop a shooter, lone wolf, a domestic terrorist by any other name?
There will never be a great wall built as a monument to the victims of domestic violence. There is no profit to be made in stricter gun laws. There are no accolades awaiting those that demand tougher punishments for perpetrators of domestic violence. The current President and the majority of our political leaders today, willingly stand by and do nothing, offering false platitudes in the face of real issues. What of mental health? There are more questions to be asked, answers to contemplate, and actions to be taken. We cannot allow silence to be our answer. We must demand change and we must be part of the process. Now is the time to talk about gun control. Now is the time to take action. We can only begin. We cannot stand still. We cannot remain silent.