Since the most recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, I have been trying to think of how, or even if, I should address the matter with all of you. Sadly, these mass shootings have become too common of an occurrence and part of me does not want to remind all of you of that reality every time they occur. Too often, our response as individuals and institutions is to send our “thoughts and prayers”, lower the flag to half mast, have a moment of silence, get in arguments with our friends about what can be done, but ultimately, nothing changes. Institutions, such as schools and churches, often do not get involved in the debates about what can or can’t be done because of the variety of political views on the subject…but it doesn’t mean you can’t get involved as an individual. I would encourage all of you to take a few minutes over vacation and write down your thoughts about what can be done to reduce the number of these mass shootings in our country and share those thoughts with your state and federal politicians. For some reason (or reasons), these mass shootings occur in the United States far more often than other countries around the world and I refuse to believe that we as Americans are inherently a more violent or more hateful people than everyone else. Therefore, there must be something we can do differently in this country to address this problem and it seems reasonable to ask our elected officials for help. Below are links so that you can easily find out who your elected state and federal representatives are.
As a community, we may not all agree on what can be done to stop these mass shootings from occurring, but at least you as an individual can express your opinion to your elected officials and hopefully compel them to do something about it.
Do not accept that this is the best we can do.