As a mom, as a human.

I don’t normally hit hot button political issues. However, as a mom I am struck today by our new normal. I’M NOT DOWN WITH THIS FUTURE. As a human, if gun violence in schools is the new normal- I’d like us all strive to be unique. Weird, if you will. I’d like us to feel free to be radical instead of right or left leaning. Free to help mothers mourn and not let their grief be in vain.

I cannot, will not, imagine what it is like to loose a loved one to violence. All I can say to those of you who found out today, in Parkland,you are loved by mommas everywhere. We are so selfishly thankful not to be you in this moment. So thankful, I will shed my hesitancy to speak up. I willdo my part to stand and request my elected official do their part to get some control of this issue. The type of control that money can’t buy, but the wailing voices of families everywhere call out for change. Let us be heard. I pray for ears to open to hear, and hearts to move away from pressure and leave the promise of money or withdrawal of funds from your campaign, to have courage to stand and do what is cried for day and night.

I was brought up in a very staunch 2nd amendment supporting household. I believe in the right to bear arms. I have a LIFETIME concealed weapons permit I find the lack of expiration to be ridiculous, what if I live to be 500? You dont want to earn another fee from me, or take my picture as I age beautifully? Let this sink in. We NEED gun safety, education, classes, and stricter licensing required. Also, consequences for those who can’t follow regulations. It’s called licensing. We do it for realtors to sell a house, accountants to do your taxes, for EVERYONE to drive a car. We must do the same to wield an object whose sole purpose is to wound, maim, and kill.

Guys, it doesn’t matter your political affiliation, it’s common sensical. However, feel free to call me weird, and do your normal thing of counting the bodies of children. I refuse to settle for this status quo. Get weird America.

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