Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I have sent my two children to school wondering if I will see them again in the afternoon. Every day. Every day I kiss them goodbye, hug them extra tightly and think of the parents who did exactly that the morning of that terrible event. Every day.

These parents had no idea that they would never again greet their children in the afternoon with a “How was your day?” and a snack. The Sandy Hook shooting resonated with me because at the time my children were in elementary school, where I had assumed they were safe when out of my care. Now I send them off to learn and engage with their friends wondering if I will get them back whole and relieved at the end of each day when I do. Every day.

I shouldn’t have to live like this.

Now, years after the Sandy Hook killings and many mass shootings since at various locations, another shooting at another school has ended 17 lives. Everyone knows the gruesome statistics. We shouldn’t have to live like this.

“But what can we do?” cry the people wringing their hands, offering thoughts and prayers as an emotional balm — but solving nothing. So far, the answer is to do nothing.

We shouldn’t have to live with lawmakers’ lack of action, lack of attention or fear of upsetting lobbyists or their base. Lawmakers, your lack of action is the reason my children are not safe in public schools and the reason people with powerful rifles can walk into places considered to be safe and kill at will.

Stop reciting reasons that recommended actions won’t work. Find actions that will work. Stop being afraid of offending lawful gun owners who complain about the presumed inconveniences that protective laws might produce, such as longer wait times to buy a firearm.

That is nothing compared with the survivors’ grief for their murdered loved one. To law-abiding and responsible gun owners, I have no wish to “take all your guns” — a common, fearful cry that erupts when “gun control” is mentioned. I do, however, want actions that will reduce the odds of a shooting like this happening again.

No “magic bullet” exists that will completely stop such shootings. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and there is no step that will make everyone happy. But doing nothing solves nothing. Doing nothing means every day, people like me will be afraid when they send their kids to school. Doing nothing makes lawmakers complicit in the deaths of innocent people. To date, lawmakers have done nothing.

Do something. Do something to assure me and all of America, that you care about more than being re-elected. Do something to prove to us that you have a conscience and a spine and a concern for more than your political gain.

We deserve that. We deserve your attention and compassion and your power to take a step toward solving this problem.

Lee Anne Wilde lives in El Lago.


(20) comments

Robert Braeking

I agree. Do something. And that something is to replace the public perception that schools are unarmed soft targets with the perception that shooters will be quickly perforated by personnel on site. Remove the 'gun free zone' signs. They never stopped anyone from bringing a gun to school. I doubt that Argyle, Texas schools will be attacked. A sign posted outside their schools reads: “Please be aware that the staff at Argyle ISD are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.”

Carlos Ponce

Lee Anne, if you are really that frightened build a fortress, home school your children and don't let them out until they're 21.[huh]
If you are just concerned then visit the school, talk to the teachers, counselors, principals and familiarize yourself with the safety procedures already in place. If those are not to your liking then present your concerns, ideas for improvement.
But teaching your children to be fearful of a school is not good for their well being. Teach them that school is a place for learning but to be aware when something or someone isn't "right" and report it to you or the school.
Send your children to school with your blessings and prayers that no harm will come.

Jim Forsythe

"Teach them that school is a place for learning but to be aware when something or someone isn't "right" and report it to you or the school.
Send your children to school with your blessings and prayers that no harm will come. "
How well did that work in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida?
Young people are saying do something , because what adults are doing now, is not working.

"But teaching your children to be fearful of a school is not good for their well being." They have never had a time when mass shootings was not part of going to school. Is there a reason that schools can not be made safer. They are scared and want help in being safe. If the Court House is safer than going to school ,something is wrong. What have we as adults done to stop the shootings?

One example, "Israel had a whole lot of school shootings until they did one thing: They said, `We're going to stop it,' and they put armed security in every school and they have not had a problem since then," LaPierre said on the NBC News show "Meet the Press."

Carlos Ponce

Robert Runcie, the Broward County Public Schools superintendent came from Chicago and initiated the "Promise Project".
"Once on board in Broward he started the Promise Program. He noticed that a disproportionate amount for school suspension and minor grimes were being committed by black males and gays. Runcie was able to get the Broward County Sheriff's office to stop arresting students for minor crimes. This later morphed into a program not to arrest students even if the crimes were violent felonies. Runcie cut suspension by 60% this was done to qualify for federal grants. If you are looking for a reason as to why nothing was done about Nikolas Cruz take a look at the policies of the Broward County Sheriff's Department and the School Board's policies. It has now com to light that four Broward County officers were outside the high school and they never went in to deal with the killer."
Runcie followed the Liberal policy that the higher percentage of school arrests, suspensions, detentions of minority students was due to racism, etc.
"The Broward County school district’s adoption of a school discipline policy that was praised by the Obama administration for seeking to reduce the reported number of school suspensions, expulsions, and arrests may have played a role in the fact that Nikolas Cruz remained under the radar until his shooting rampage in Parkland, Florida, on February 14."

Jim Forsythe

What does "Promise Project". have to do with school shootings? Are you trying to say that school shooters are Black, Hispanic, Asian?
"Mass Shooters Have A Gender and a Race. Recent studies reveal that most school shooters are White males, with 97 percent being male and 79 percent White. Over the last three decades, 90 percent of high school or elementary school shootings were the result of White, often upper-middle class, perpetrators."

The statistic shows the number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and February 2018, by race and ethnicity of the shooter(s). Between 1982 and February 2018, 56 out of 97 mass shootings were initiated by White shooters. The Las Vegas strip massacre in 2017 had the highest number of victims between 1982 and 2018, with 58 people killed, and over 500 injured.

PD Hyatt

Mr. Ponce I have seen that talking about Promise to progressives gets you know where as they can not see where one leads to another.... All they know is that Promise was instituted by their most favorite president who did so much to damage our nation....

Carlos Ponce

"What does 'Promise Project'". have to do with school shootings"
Why were Nikolas Cruz' many encounters with police and school offiials not recorded? Promise Project.
This allowed him to purchase a firearm since he had a "spotless" on the books criminal record.

Jim Forsythe

Is this what you are talking about?
GOAL at PROMISE PROJECT is that all children with learning disabilities get the chance to succeed.
THE PROMISE is to provide an educational path for underserved children who struggle with learning disabilities, evaluating their learning disabilities and getting them the support they need.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, watch the following to learn about the role the "Promise Project" had in the Parkland school shootings.
Broward county received $53,800,000 for their ignore the bad behavior program during the Obama administration from the Department of Education - blood money.

Jim Forsythe

In Texas we had a church shooting, that was a failure of the system. Other mass killings have also had programs that were failures in reporting and acting on reports .Just as in many cases, it was not just one group that failed in Broward County .
Groups that failed included the sheriff office, FBI and the school district..
"Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Friday that there were “20 calls for services in the last few years” to the Cruz household."
".According to reports, Cruz and his brother both suffered from mental health issues, including ADHD and OCD, and took medication as treatment. Cruz’s lawyer said Thursday her client was “a broken human being” and the team was looking into an evaluation for autism".
"The FBI has also been assailed by critics who say the investigative office missed a slew of warnings about the attacker before the shooting. Governor Rick Scott said Friday that FBI Director Christopher Wray needed to resign over the failures of the bureau."
"If a student is found to commit any of those violations, even by a police officer or sheriff’s deputy, the program dictates the student should be dealt with by the school system. That could result in school-mandated punishment, a meeting with parents, or a simple warning. This can happen up to four times per school year before a student is referred to law enforcement.By some measures, the program was a success. The arrest rate did drop, and district data showed 90 percent of students did not repeat their bad behavior after going through the PROMISE program."

Carlos Ponce

Broward county schools agreed to treat several different misdemeanor offenses as school-related issues, not criminal ones.
1. Disruption on Campus-Major*
2. Trespassing*
3. Alcohol–Use/Possession/Under the Influence*
4. Alcohol Sale/Attempted Sale/Transmittal*
5. Drug–Use/Possession/Under the Influence*
6. Drug Paraphernalia–Possession*
7. Bullying
8. Harassment
9. Fighting-Mutual Combat*
10. False Accusation Against School Staff*
11. Assault/Threat (no harm or injury)*
12. Theft-Petty

Jim Forsythe

Groups that failed included the sheriff office, FBI and the school district..

PD Hyatt

Well Jim, if people called into the Sheriffs department and the FBI 20+ times and they did NOTHING about it even when he gave his name, who really is at fault. If you have 4 ARMED guards / police standing outside hiding behind their cars while the killing spree was going on, again who really is to blame? Have you looked up the program called Promise started by the foolish Obama that you so loved? For if you did you might find ANOTHER government agency that was responsible from the progressive leader at that time....
You brag about Israel and yet do not say a word abut ALL of the guns that they have over there and carry openly. When they were having those issues again you are not stating all of the facts, it was terrorists that were causing this issue and they still try from time to time.
Most people I know will not agree with this, but when the SCOTUS removed religion from our schools from reading wrongly a letter that T. Jefferson wrote, is when our nations schools started going down the tubes and now our nation is following that pathway because we have allowed the left to toss God out of everything....
If you want to stop this nonsense then campaign to remove the Gun Free Zones which make about as much sense as thinking that if you all can finally remove all of our guns from us that this will stop.
As for the nijits that want to make it a law that you can not buy a rifle until you hit 21, then we should make it the same to join our military.... After all if a 18 year old is not capable of buying a weapon then they should not be allowed into the military to learn how to shoot them....
So many times the leftist policies make no sense....

Jim Forsythe

There were a total of 17,250 reported murder and non-negligent manslaughter cases in the U.S. in 2016.
A large percent by guns.
If we do not change, we will continue to have the same outcome.
In 2009, 135 people were murdered in Israel
It is estimated that we have over 300,000,000 guns in the USA.

Israel has had 2 attracts on schools in the last 44 years.
The first line of school defense Israel uses, is armed guards on all school entrances and training.

Israel approaches guns in a different way. Not true that it is the wild west in Israel. They are strict on who owns guns, at what age , the reason for the gun ,how much ammo a person gets a year , training required, mental health of gun owner and other reasons. If we have programs not working, we need to change them.(Gun Free Zones,Promise).
That what the Precedent was saying yesterday.
Israel gun rules.
"Only a small group of people are eligible for firearms licenses: certain retired military personnel, police officers or prison guards; residents of frontier towns (in the West Bank and the Golan Heights) or those who often work in such towns; and licensed hunters and animal-control officers. Age requirements vary: 20 or 21 for those who completed military service or civil service equivalent, 27 otherwise, and 45 for non-citizens. Firearm license applicants must have been a resident of Israel for at least three consecutive years, pass a background check (criminal, health, and mental history), establish a genuine reason for possessing a firearm (such as self-defense, hunting, or sport), and pass a weapons-training course.Around 40% of applications for firearms permits are rejected."

"Those holding firearms licenses must renew, them and pass a shooting course every three years, and undergo psychological assessment at least once every six years. Security guards must pass these tests to renew their license to carry firearms belonging to their employers. Applicants must demonstrate that they have a safe at their residence in which to keep the firearm. Permits are given only for personal use, and holders for self-defense purposes may own only one handgun and purchase an annual supply of 50 cartridges (although more may be purchased to replace rounds used at a firing range)."

Carlos Ponce

Most deaths by firearms in this country come as suicides.
Is this a gun problem or a mental health problem?
Other countries have a high suicide rate but because of "gun control" use poisons, hanging, running into traffic, jumping off tall buildings,etc.
Removing guns will not remove suicides.

Jim Forsythe

We have a mental health problem, that is made worse by a gun problem.
It can not be proved , but the number of suicides would be less. if guns were not so available.
64% of all gun-related deaths in the U.S. were suicides which is higher than people killed by others with a gun.
Firearms were used to kill 13,286 people in the U.S. in 2015, excluding suicide. I have had over 20 friends , family and co-workers kill themselves, and some would be alive if the did not have a gun at the time.
Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the U.S. gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher. Although it has half the population of the other 22 nations combined, the U.S. had 82 percent of all gun deaths, 90 percent of all women killed with guns, 91 percent of children under 14 and 92 percent of young people between ages 15 and 24 killed with guns.

Carlos Ponce

"It can not be proved , but the number of suicides would be less. if guns were not so available."
It cannot be proved because it is NOT TRUE. People who would commit suicide would choose another method.
Japan has a much higher suicide rate than the US and stricter gun laws. Their most common method of suicide is by hanging.
Great Britain also has strict gun laws and a high suicide rate. "The most common method used in the United Kingdom is hanging. Other suicides reported often include self-poisoning. Suicide using firearms accounts for only a very small fraction, possibly due to tight gun control meaning very few households in the UK possess them (4 per cent)."
Take away accessibility to firearms and these poor souls would find another method.

Jim Forsythe

Just it can not be proved that "the number of suicides would be less. if guns were not so available." it also can not be proven that they would kill themselves by other means. Of the people I know that killed themselves, one was by gas, one hung himself, and the rest shot themselves. Several were spur of the moment. In this type of method, spur of the moment, if the gun was not there, some would not look for another means.
"While numerous factors contribute to the choice of a suicide method, societal patterns of suicide can be understood from basic concepts such as the social acceptability of the method (i.e. culture and tradition) and its availability (i.e. opportunity).
I do not think the following will ever be the way most people in the USA commit suicide. Pesticide suicide, charcoal-burning suicide, but it is the top way some people, in some countries, commit suicide.


Carlos Ponce

Although Robin Williams used a gun in many of his movies he also had a comedy routine "Gun Crazy Culture". Remember he hung himself.
But remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in 1967, “The right to defend one’s home and one’s person when attacked has been guaranteed through the ages by common law.”
Other quotes from celebrities:
"The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose." - James Earl Jones
"But if someone has a gun and is trying to kill you it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun."- Dalai Lama
"A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders."- Larry Elder
"It's better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it."
- Christian Slater
"An armed society is a polite society." and
"There are no dangerous weapons. There are only dangerous men."- Robert A. Heinlein
"Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the constitution by claiming it's not an individual right or that it's too much of a safety hazard don’t see the danger of the big picture. They're courting disaster by encouraging others to use this same means to eliminate portions of the Constitution they don't like."- Alan Dershowitz

Jennifer Lawrence

I agree with Mr. Braeking. We need to defend against evil. I send my Jr Highers to school everyday too, pray for their protection and that of everyone else in that school, but we need to send a clear message we will fight back. There is no possible way lawmakers can keep guns out of crazy hands. Our best option is no tolerance of attackers and defense.

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