Earlier this week I registered for a workshop being presented by MOMs Demand Action on Gun Safety. I plan to wear my NRA cap to the Zoom meeting, just as I did a couple of years ago when MOMs Demand Action held a rally at the Capitol.
When I was asked why I was there, I answered that I too am against gun violence. The woman asking the question was wearing a red MOMs t-shirt and had jammed her cell phone right in my face to record my answer. She stood there with her phone about an inch from my nose, clearly attempting to bait me into reacting. I didn't.
I go to MOMs meetings to balance the action. 99% of the people there are against guns. I'm not, and I'm not afraid to stand my ground.
When I received the emailed confirmation of my workshop registration, imagine my surprise when I read this Warning in the workshop description in a link in the email:
"'(Warning: This virtual event will include images of firearms. If you feel that may be troubling to you, please do not attend this event.)"
Frankly, I believe firearms safety should be taught in elementary school and continued through high school. This would be an important first step in reducing gun violence.
I know a man here in Columbia who spent 22 years in prison for fatally shooting another man in a drug deal when he was 19. 22 Years! Was it worth it?
Let's start teaching kids how to think, how to process feelings, how to make good decisions. That will prevent gun violence!