The Time is Now!
So often after a mass shooting, such as the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the issue of gun violence seems to fade from our national consciousness because we have become numbed to the constant barrage of stories. After the usual “thoughts and prayers” the politicians get back to their usual business, hoping this issue will go away and they will not have to make hard decisions.
Now perhaps it will not go away. No one knows for sure how many guns there are in the United States, but some estimate the number around 310 million owned by civilians and 4 million by the military and law enforcement authorities.The NRA has been able to have legislation passed prohibiting the use of computers to follow gun transfers, which means that if a person who is mentally ill gets a gun, no one can find out about it until it's too late.
The time is now to change all that and we the people who care about our children and their future should force our elected leaders to declare their positions. That’s why they are there in the first place.
--Joyce Antila Phipps