I stare at a picture of a young teenager. He has brown hair. Brown eyes. A smile. He looks like a nice kid. Kind. Atheletic. I imagine him throwing a ball, first as a boy with his dad, later in little league. I imagine the young boy growing into his body and mind, struggling with the things we all struggled with as we grew. The kinks of middle school and puberty, the love/hate relationship with family and self, the dreams, the aspirations, the disappointments.
But none of that is his anymore.
Yesterday, while sitting in a cafeteria in his high school in Chardon, Ohio, another young man walked into the room, took out a gun and open fired on a table of students. Daniel Parmertor age sixteen, never made it out of that cafeteria alive. Two more have died since. And as I look at Daniel and the other young boy's pictures one nagging question comes to mind and it is directed specifically to the members and directors of the NRA.
HOW DO WE END THIS?
The retort, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people," insinuates that someow the overwheming amount of gun crime in the United States is not at all related to the fact that guns are so prevalent and easy to obtain in this country. You can buy them at Walmart, on line, at gun shows and garage sales, back-ground checks be damned. Without a gun, the three children that died in yesterday's senseless shooting would be in school right now. They would be going home to their families later on, having dinner with them, or updating their Facebook page. Something.
Instead, three are dead and two are wounded.
A gun did that. A gun in the hands of an unstable young man who grew up in a violent home, yes. A person who needed mental health care, support and attention, certainly. But still, it was a gun that dropped those children yesterday. Without that gun, Russel King Jr. 17, Demetrius Hewlin 16, and Daniel Parmertor 16, would be alive.
How do you solve that NRA? Or, do you still insist it is not your responsiblity to address the question?