As of Tuesday, February 20, 2018
After this latest mass shooting in Florida, it should come as no surprise to you that the Republican Party and their president do not care in the least about the safety of our children. Don’t be misled by what they say, just look at what they do.
The president and Republican members of Congress (with thankfully a few exceptions) were not the least bit concerned about a 19 year old in possession of a military-style assault weapon. No, the company line from the NRA that nearly every Republican, from the president on down, espoused was that we have to keep the guns getting into the hands of people suffering from mental illness.
So that’s the talk, what’s the walk? One of the very first pieces of legislation the current administration passed and signed into law was the rollback of the Obama-era regulation that it would have made it more difficult for people with mental illness to purchase a gun. It’s unclear if they simply hate everything ‘Obama’ or have been drinking the NRA Kool-Aid for too long or are just too used to the money that the NRA throws their way. What is very clear is that the safety of your children never crossed their minds. Interestingly, this was signed without the normal pomp and circumstance that the president has to have to feed his ego. It’s almost as if they were trying to hide what they had done. And they refused to ban bump stocks after the Las Vegas shooting. And they refused to prevent people on the national terrorist watch list from purchasing guns after the Orlando nightclub mass shooting. And the president’s current budget decimates funding for mental health services and research. And on and on.
With the midterm elections coming up, I think it’s time to take a long, hard look at whom we trust with the safety of our children, regardless of party. People who will stand up to the gun lobby to do what’s rational and right to protect the children. Now you may just want to play the odds of a ‘Florida mass shooting’ not occurring here, but I’m sure there are a lot of parents, from Sandy Hook Elementary to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High who would disagree with that strategy.