We have a big problem regarding gun control.
These facts from The Washington Post literally make me dizzy and weak.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 81,300 nonfatal injuries and 31,672 deaths every year involving guns. That works out to about 308 shootings and 86 deaths every day.
Today is the last day of school for my children. Yes, I'm happy that summer is here and we get a break from alarm clocks and homework, but in reality a gigantic weight is lifted off my shoulders because I know they are sadly safer at home with me now.
When I get calls that read Chicago Public Schools on my caller id, my heart always drop. Luckily, so far it has been because of potty accidents, or from the Nurse when my son has a stomachache, headache, sore throat, bruised leg or black eye.
I am still am not able to catch my breath, because I know the call for some is much worse.
Scarlet Lewis, mother of Jessie who was killed along with TWENTY SIX other students by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year.
Annette Holt lost her 16-year old son when he was killed on a city bus on the way home from school.
Shirley Chambers has buried all FOUR of her children due to gun violence.
Darrell Scott's 17-year-old daughter Rachel was the first victim of the Columbine high school shooting.
President Obama recently acknowledged the gun problem at a White House Event reported by The New York Daily News.
“There’s no advanced, developed country on Earth that would put up with this,” he said. “This is becoming the norm and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me . . . If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change.”
While some people think mental illness is the problem, Obama said, “The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people.”
I ask you Congress, please make a change. I cannot live in a country where I worry about letting my independent children leave the house and explore the world.
One of Many Concerned Parents
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