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Mom’s Ramadan Reflections – Day 3: Santa Fe School Shooting

It’s happened again.

You, me, we all have blood on our hands, again.

Because this is our fault. It’s our fault that 8 children or more are dead as of this morning in Santa Fe, Texas. And many more wounded. It’s our fault that our children cannot go to school and come home safe and sound. It’s our fault, because we aren’t doing enough to change things.

According to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau estimate, there are 157 million parents in the U.S. 85 million of which are moms. You and me. The ones whose heart stops, who find it hard to breathe, who run to hug our own children every single time we hear of a school shooting.

So let me repeat myself, there are 157 MILLION PARENTS in the United States of America. Sounds like a pretty influential number to me. Sounds like a number that could impact things, that could force people in our government to listen, that could make the changes necessary for our children to be in a slightly safer world.

We carry around bug sprays in our purses, baby-proof our homes, fiercely guard them at parks and public places – and yet, we sit back and allow our children to die at the hands of people WHO SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAD ACCESS TO GUNS in the first place.

Today’s it’s happened in my hometown. So close to my home. I cannot sit back silent. It is my moral obligation to speak out.

This has been a controversial issue for so long, and to be completely honest, I don’t necessarily understand or know all the reasoning and politics behind it. But I don’t need to. As your average American mother, all I know is this:

The right to bear arms does not supersede the lives of innocent children.

Maybe at some point in our history, the right to have a gun, the right to protect yourself was valuable, honorable. But times have changed. In today’s America, we have a problem. And that problem is, that too many people who shouldn’t have weapons do – and they’re getting it WAY too easily. You can buy a gun faster than you can get through a grocery store checkout lane. Business Insider published an article in February (here) and found that in some states, you can buy a gun in fifteen minutes. FIFTEEN MINUTES to end 17 lives, 8 lives, 14 lives.

The death toll is growing, and so is my impatience. Because tomorrow, I don’t want it to be my child who’s a part of the 8 dead on the news.

So what can we mothers do? We need to make our voices heard. Our 85 million voices cannot be ignored. And bring in the daddies, and we’ll have double the power. Put together petitions, call and harass our reps, join every rally and march possible to make our voices heard. And not just one – we need several protests, day after day until someone takes us seriously. And at the very least, if you’re like me and don’t know where or how to start – speak up on your social media. This issue needs to be everywhere, in everyone’s face for as long as it takes for our government officials to seriously examine it.

This morning, in response to the Santa Fe High School shooting, President Trump said “This has been going on too long in our country. Too many years. Too many decades now.” And boy do I agree, Mr. President. I agree that NOT taking action to change the second amendment has been going on too long in our country. NOT taking REAL action to enforce stricter gun laws has been going on too long in our country. ALLOWING children to die like this, has been going on too long in our country.

It needs to stop now.

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