Things are no better in my home state. I worry for my kids, whose school is very serious about safety but also has a ton of glass hallways. We all know, thanks to the Covenant school shooting in Nashville, how glass stacks up against an AR-15.
My now 16-year-old was very, very upset last year when small children were massacred at Robb Elementary in Uvalde. She worried endlessly for her younger brother. But when the Covenant Christian School shooting happened in Nashville in March, my girl really lost it. You see, my kids go to a Christian school also. This one hit super close to home for her, and again, if I’m being honest, it pretty much ruined the last half of her second semester of sophomore year.
She’s worried, yes, but she’s also angry. She sees that American adults, voters, politicians, etc. have done absolutely nothing to stop these mass shootings in schools and other places. And I don’t know what to tell her. Because she’s not wrong.
Maybe someone needs to write a Winnie the Pooh book for adults about how to come to the table together and compromise on some common sense gun laws. I have no problem with responsible people owning a pistol or a hunting rifle, but we need background checks, red flag laws, and extremely limited access to automatic weapons to stop mass shootings at schools, grocery stores, outlet malls, entertainment districts, movie theaters, workplaces, and concerts. No other country in the WORLD has this mass shooting problem. It is an American problem, and we need to take a page from our international neighbors’ books—not a Winnie the Pooh book—to solve it.