BENEFITING: Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence
When the unfortunate events of Sandy Hook unfolded in 2012, like many other people and notably parents of young children - I was horrified. I was beyond horrified - I was physically sick with the thoughts of the events of the day. I was paralyzed at the thought of the exact moment that parents learned of the crisis and the sheer helplessness that they likely felt for their children, for the babies that they carried and brought into this world. It's the thing of nightmares, only seismically worse. How can we make sense of such tragic events? We can't, I know I can't. When a natural disaster strikes, we ultimately come to grips that life as we know it is fairly unpredictable. It doesn't make the destruction and loss any easier but we know that these moments are relative speaking - out of our control. When I first learned about the tragic events in Orlando, it was as if someone or something had knocked the wind out of me. Upon reading the details of the events, the transcripts of conversations, the texts between parents and their children - it became clear that the current system for regulating the gun industry will not and can not curb the issues related to gun violence. I can spend this time waxing poetic on why any type of assault weapon is just downright unnecessary. I can speak to a time when the second amendment was established and how the development of police and military have made the right and need to bear arms unnecessary. I can speak to the statistics, or let the statistics speak for themselves why gun violence in the United States is by leaps and bounds at the highest rate in the world. All this said, I'm done with the conversation. Why? Because for any person, any parent, any sibling, any husband, wife or partner to experience the type of horror that transpired in Orlando this weekend ends the dialogue. It's time for action. I've done research, not expansive by far - but have identified the Brady Campaign as the greatest opportunity for us to collectively support this fight and make a difference.
Remember in grammar school when someone in class caused an issue and the teacher punished the whole class unless that person stepped forward? Remember the heat that the student caught until he took responsibility? If he didn't step forward, you can be sure that the class made sure he didn't do it again. That said, Let's raise the money. Let's power the team to go after the organizations and politicians that allow this behavior to continue.