First of all, Congratulations. For the first time in memory the survivors and victims of the Florida school shootings have actually forced some constructive state legislative action in Florida, inspired legislative action in Oregon, and have scared some major corporations into publicly separating themselves from the NRA. Nearly everybody else, Congress, state and local governments, hundreds of phony media experts, a news media weary of the story and the president of the United states are heading for the exits. If signed into Florida law, The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act is likely to be tied up in court for many years. Still, just passing a bill of this magnitude is a crucial milestone. There is now a template to follow. Nevertheless . . ..
The next steps are up to you. Children in every gun family know where the family’s guns are, legal and illegal. In almost every gun family there is someone who is fearful or frightened that guns are so nearby. Now is the time to get rid of those guns.
Do you need a Congressman or Senator to do this . . .? No
Do you need town hall meetings to do this . . .? No
Do you need a television or any other kind of reporter to do this . . .? No
Do you need social media to do this . . .? No
Do you need a state legislator to do this . . .? No
Do you need the president of the United states to do this . . .? No
Does anyone need to know you’re doing this . . .? No
You will get some, maybe many guns . . .if those who have them truly love and care about your safety.
If an adult warns you that doing this is dangerous, they could be right. Ask for their help and remind them of where you are going to school tomorrow.
The painful reality up until now is that despite all the optimism mostly expressed by the non-victims, non-survivors, noncombatants, completely uninformed reporters and news organizations (The information they need doesn’t exist, by federal law), activists, the self-appointed and self-anointed and media-paid spokespeople, nothing is likely to happen until something concrete does.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, if it becomes Florida law will take some years to fully implement. Both Florida and Oregon leave AR-15s legal and available.
A gun that goes away today from the glove compartment, the home or business, backyard shed or workshop, basement closet or truck; out of the hands of people you know who shouldn’t have them, will not kill you or someone you care about.