Hold your loved ones a little closer today. If you have children tell them they’re loved more than you usually do. Stay off social media if you can help it, and enjoy the company of someone you truly care about.
Those are the only bits of advice I can give you today that will make an immediate difference in your life. Because, in the wake of a mass shooting at a school in Florida, which took the lives of 17 individuals, change that will prevent such an attack in the future will not be immediate.
Republicans in Congress and the current president won’t take any action on this latest mass murder, which only took minutes to carry out. We shouldn’t be surprised — the debate on “bump stocks” following the Las Vegas mass killings didn’t result in change, either — but we should certainly be outraged.
These children did not deserve to die. Yet lawmakers in Washington and across the United States are willing to let more remain in harm’s way, all because they’re beholden to a gun lobby that pays them huge dividends to defend their market, and punishes them dearly in primary elections if they step out of line.
True leadership wouldn’t allow the NRA or any other gun lobbyist organization to stand in the way of what’s needed. There may be an inherent right to owning a weapon for protection — but that right is not absolute. And surely, a law which makes it easier to buy an AR-15 rifle than it is to buy a small handgun is a law that needs reconsideration and revision.
Will such a change come? It’s not likely with this set of lawmakers currently in office. And that’s why a change in leadership is sorely needed, now more than ever, to protect the lives of our loved ones.