Hair on Fire – Stand with the Kids

Hair on Fire – Stand with the Kids!

By Carla Feinkind
Another crazy person slaughtered 17 people at a high school. Same old. Except this time, the kids stood up!
Across the nation, high school kids are marching out of classrooms! They’re declaring that NOW IS THE TIME TO BAN ALL MILITARY-STYLE WEAPONS, TO REQUIRE RIGOROUS BACKGROUND CHECKS, and TO GET THE NRA MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. The kids took their message all the way to Trump. 
Of course, Trump, the NRA and the GOP tried to deflect. “It is not guns, it’s crazy people!”  “There’s nothing we can do.” But, there are “crazy” people everywhere, and yet we’re the only country with such high numbers of gun deaths! No! The problem is the ease with which people can get military style assault weapons and inconsistent gun laws, not mental health!
Still, Trump, the GOP and the NRA say we need better mental health records. But then, why did Trump RESCIND the executive order that Obama signed which kept the mentally ill from buying guns? And why does the GOP want to gut healthcare and Medicaid when those are the only safety nets in place for mental health?!Now, Trump touts the NRA’s dangerous idea of arming teachers! Beyond the financial problems – who will pay for the guns, training, and insurance – there is the emotional dilemma:  what if a teacher kills a student in a melee, or a kid steals the teacher’s gun to settle a score? Then, there’s the tactical issue – even trained police have a hit rate of only 18% in a crisis!
Eventually, Trump “agreed” to ban bump stocks, to raise the legal buying age to 21, and to “look into” the mental health issue. This is a start, but it is not enough! 
STAND WITH THE KIDS! CALL CONGRESS AT (202) 224-3121, CALL OFTEN! 
WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANYONE WHO TAKES NRA MONEY!
WE DEMAND A BAN ON MILITARY-STYLE WEAPONS IN CIVILIAN HANDS!
WE DEMAND RIGOROUS ANNUAL BACKGROUND CHECKS!
WE DEMAND A LIMIT ON THE SIZE OF AMMUNITION CLIPS!
WE WILL NOT LOOK AWAY! WE WILL BE PART OF THE SOLUTION! WE STAND WITH THE KIDS!