I turned on my TV today and what did I see? A man with an assault rifle running down a street I know all too well. In fact, it was a street that I’ve walked down hundreds of times, and only a block and a half away from the house my kids were raised in for many years. I knew exactly where the man was heading as he ran through the yards of people whose kids had gone to elementary school with mine. I also knew our close friends were within a block or two of where he barricaded himself. They were put on lockdown, as were others we know, and for several hours we waited, hoped, and prayed for a peaceful resolution.
We were lucky. The swat team was able to talk the guy out and no one was hurt. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this is becoming a constant story.
Guns and seatbelts have always been my issues. They are two issues that feel as though a little common sense is all it would take to save thousands of lives. I’m not someone who naively believes I am untouchable, or that I’m safe simply because I choose to wear a seatbelt and don’t own a gun. I know it’s going to take more than that to keep myself and my loved ones safe. In my ideal world no one would own a gun, but I know that’s unrealistic. Still, an assault rifle? It’s insanity that this guy could not only have this weapon, but run past a school and into a residential neighborhood, threatening innocent people.
We all need to speak up and demand that some common sense be restored, because everyday this threat is getting closer and closer to every one of us.