The shooting of reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward is horrifying.
As a former TV reporter, I can remember being an Alison Parker. She had everything in front of her. And now what does she have? A funeral. I look at the smiles of Parker and Ward and think about their parents, their friends and everyone who loved them.
And the whole thing is evil and senseless.
I don’t understand when we as a nation will say… enough.
The statistics are staggering. More Americans reportedly die in gun homicides and suicides every six months than have died in the last 25 years in every terrorist attack and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.
Yet, we still have no universal background checks to help keep guns out of dangerous hands.
In fact, we apparently have more regulations for toys, mutual funds, swimming pools and ladders.
Guns are involved in the deaths of 33,000 people annually.
The President of the United States recently said, “No other civilized nation on earth except the U.S. accepts this kind of gun violence.”
He want on to say that he doesn’t think Congress will do anything until the American public feels an urgency to say something. Until they say to themselves, “This is not normal. This is something we can change and we are going to change.”
So we can bury our heads and hope the next shooting won’t be near where we live or where our kids go to school or where we happen to be that day. Or we can actually stand up and say, enough.
We can not end gun violence but we can seriously make a dent in the thousands who lose their lives every year with sensible gun solutions.
If we all did one thing, it would make a difference. One donation. One call. One signature.
Because we Americans are better than this.