Ten days ago I posted about gun violence and now we have another tragedy, this time with a death toll of 27, 18 of them young children.
I asked on Facebook whether we might sit down now and talk about sensible regulations because this is a pro-life issue and too many people who call themselves pro-life are against regulating access to guns.
One of my FB friends said I was being inappropriate to talk about such issues so soon after this tragedy. So how long do we wait? It hasn’t even been two weeks since the last one.
The appropriate time is now, when the images of frightened children and horrified adults are still fresh in out minds. Now, when our collective national heart is broken, is the ideal time to talk about this.
The National Rifle Association, which has become an advocate for gun manufacturers and not for people, would love us to postpone this conversation, and they have lots of money to try and put up roadblocks.
The Second Amendment was not meant to give all Americans unlimited access to all the latest killing technology. It also mentioned a well-regulated militia, and that isn’t what has happened.
It is long past time to stop this madness. How can you condone this massacre of our children? What if it had been your child? What if your child is among the victims of the next massacre?
Now is the appropriate time to talk about reasonable restrictions on gun ownership. Let’s do it in memory of these 27 people and the tens of thousands of victims who came before them.Leslie Boyd, a former newspaper reporter, is president of the health care advocacy nonprofit, WNC Health Advocates, founded in memory of her son, who died in 2008 because he couldn't access health care. E-mail her at leslie at lettersfromtheleft dot com or follow her on Twitter @leftyletters1, visit Letters from the Left on Facebook. For more information about WNC Health Advocates or to read Boyd's health care blog, visit wncha.org.