Tonight my cousin, a preschool teacher in Connecticut, sent me a photograph of one of her former students–a beautiful little girl whose eyes were as wide as her smile, her expression one full of hope. My cousin described her as “creative,” and “social,” and “smart.”
I looked at her and could think of just one thing: This child could have been my child; this child could have been your child.
Having a child with epilepsy, I can tell you emphatically I would move a mountain if that’s what it would take to keep my son safe and healthy. I would move a mountain if it meant there were even a chance that it would keep him safe and healthy.
If you told me I had to give up my car or my television or my computer to keep him safe and healthy, I would not hesitate.
And I’m fairly certain there isn’t a parent who wouldn’t concur or wouldn’t do the same.
So, why are we so reluctant to give up our guns when doing so has the potential to help keep our children safe and healthy? Why are we reluctant to make changes–even small ones–when doing so might make a difference, might make THE difference?
As parents, we give up our time, we give up sleep, we give up peace of mind for our children. And we don’t begrudge it. We would give up ANYTHING for their well-being because they are children and because we love them.
Some might argue that there is no guarantee that changes in our gun laws would make a difference. But, of course, that is no argument. Because we love our children–ours and everyone else’s–we have to try.