Columbine April 20, 1999
Tucson January 8, 2011
Aurora July 20, 2012
Newtown December 12, 2012
Santa Barbara May 23, 2014
Charleston June 17, 2015
Roseburg, Oregon October 1, 2015
The answer is not more guns. As a mother, a voter, and writer, I strongly believe this. We need to do more now:
Ban assault style weapons for general sale.
Require Background checks and more...waiting periods...license... insurance. It shouldn’t be easier to buy and own a gun than it is to operate a car. Fund research on guns and their usages, including gun violence in America through the ATF and other federal agencies.
Create a national minimum age for purchasing a gun—I would strongly suggest: 25 years of age. Make logical exceptions for police and the armed forces, or even hunters to age 21.
Change key mental health laws. If your son or daughter is having mental health issues, the last solution is a gun. Change mental health laws to make it easier for parents or loved ones to help stop access to guns.
Raise awareness. Fund, on a public-private basis, a massive public awareness campaign akin to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving efforts. I am a member of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense a national grassroots effort, but my interest goes one step further, I have published a young adult novel, BEFORE MY EYES (St. Martin’s Press, 2014) about gun violence. Call out the facts: more people want MORE DONE NOW on gun laws than ever before.
Am I against all guns? No. I respect that we have a history of gun ownership in this country. For responsible gun owners: If you are a hunter or a hobbyist, enjoy your gun responsibly. However, the time is now to do all we can to “insure domestic Tranquility” (the first line of our U.S. Constitution). It is time for all of us, but particularly our politicians, to stand up for sensible gun law legislation and do more.