Dear Mr. President:

April 10, 2013


Dear President Obama:

Twenty babies died on Friday. A gun man who enjoyed his 2nd Amendment rights used a gun to kill them. He killed a total of twenty-six pupils and their teachers.

As this heartbreaking horror story unfolded, I burst into tears twice. I am a teacher, a mother and a grandmother.

That night I went to bed but could not sleep. In my sleeplessness, I realized one thing. My sorrow and my tears will not change anything. No amount of sorrow and not a million gallons of tears will change anything – or bring back those little kids.

The time for tears is past. The time for heart felt sympathy is past. The time for letters of condolences is past. The time for memorial services for gun victims is past.

When babies are not safe in their kindergarten classrooms, students in high school, students in college, people in houses of worship, legislators at meetings, shoppers in stores and malls, people in theatres, and in parks; when people in a society can no longer feel safe in their public spaces and their private homes, then something is seriously wrong in that society.

I am talking about our society of today, American soil, 2012.

We go to Afghanistan, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, and look for terrorists and drone them to death and kill thousands of women and children for no reason. Well, let’s clean up our own house first before we waste our resources – time and money and the youth and lives of our young men and women – on foreign terrorists. Leave them to kill each other. You see, while you are worried about Muslim terrorists, we have our own terrorists here. Our terrorists belong to a party called the National Rifle Association.

Well Mr. President, it is time for you to stand up to the NRA. We voted for you to protect us, not the NRA to kill us. The NRA is not in charge of this country. You are. If you and all those people in Congress who we voted for are owned by the NRA, then where do we go? Who do we turn to? How many more dead babies do you need before change comes? Can’t you and Congress and the Supreme Court fight the NRA? Can’t you see we have our own civil war here?

How many more lives must the NRA take before you all defend the people of this land?

Something is seriously wrong in a society when guns have rights and babies have none. Please, Mr. President, create an amendment that would give us ordinary people – teachers, babies, nurses, plumbers, retirees – the right to live. The right to live without fear of guns!

We are no longer safe in schools, theatres, prayer spaces, work places, shopping malls – how would you describe our quality of life, Mr. President?

Sincerely,

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UK

Written on the 16th December, 2012, and posted on 10th

English: List of NRA weapons

English: List of NRA weapons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

April, 2013, as the gun debate continues.

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