Don’t Underestimate Our Children

In the sixties, the Civil Rights Movement included many young people.  Children who were in high school.  I am seeing this type of participation from the youth today.  In fact, they are not just participating, they are taking the lead.  The ones we thought couldn’t vote and wouldn’t vote.  Well, many of them probably didn’t because they didn’t see the need.  Now they do.  After the last school shooting at Parkland High School in Florida, we have seen the students take charge and challenge the National Rifle Association (NRA), something most politicians are afraid to do.

Students are now engaged in registering fellow classmates to vote. November is going to be a turning point for the country.  Many Senatorial and Congressional positions are up for re-election.  Now is the time to put someone in those positions who represent the people, who know they work for the people.  I am positive that these new “voters” will be the one to move us there.  They will not only, just register but will also go to the polls and vote.

March 24 will be the day they march on on Washington.  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to participate but I will definitely be there in spirit.


Schools vs. Guns

Schools vs Guns

My what a debate going on.  I am a teacher, not a cop, sheriff deputy or state patrol.

After 18 school shootings, the response to solving this problem, by our President, is to arm teachers.  Well, as a teacher and Army Vet, I totally disagree.  During my time in the military, we went to the driving range, just in case we got called to war, to learn how to shoot.  I earned an expert badge, which made me a darn good shooter.  That was many years ago and much better eyesight.  Also, pretty fearless, because, at that time, women were not allowed to go into combat, so I had nothing to fear.  We had the desk jobs.

Active shooter with an AK-15 (semi-automatic weapon).  Me, teacher, with a pistol, shooting one round at a time.  I don’t consider that to be equal.  Not only am I not equally equipped, I am scared.  Yes, scared.  I am also wondering if I have all of the kids safely hidden somewhere, and is the door to the classroom locked.  But what if some child can’t make it to their classroom and burst into my class.  I am armed, I am scared (yep scared) and I shoot.  Of course, I am shooting to kill because there is an active shooter and I don’t know where or who they are.  Now I have killed an innocent child seeking safety.  My hands are covered in blood and a family is grieving.

How do we address law suits resulting from armed teachers killing children?  What happens when the teacher misplaces the gun or decides to keep it somewhere they think is secure.  We know kids, they are inquisitive.  Yes, they look through teacher’s things when they aren’t around.  Now they have the gun…Bang!!

Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough!!

Prayers and Condolences are not enough. How long will we watch as our children are slaughtered while trying to get an education? How many times will parents say goodbye to their child, when leaving for school, not knowing this will be the last “goodbye?”

Eighteen school shootings in 2018 and we are just in the month of February! Sure, we have a lot of individuals dealing with mental illnesses, but this last shooting was so well planned and calculated, that I find it hard to believe there was a mental illness.  The Executive Order preventing people with mental illness from receiving guns was one of the first Executive Orders reversed by the current president. Does he hate President Obama so much that he will watch innocent people suffer? How can someone 19 years old buy a semi-automatic weapon but can’t purchase a pistol? How can someone 19 years old purchase 10 rifles? My heart breaks for the families who have lost love ones because of gun violence that could have been prevented.

We have mid-term elections coming up and November. Our VOTE is our VOICE. If we don’t vote these politicians out of office, then we can’t complain. They work for us. We are the ones who put them in office, either by voting them in or not voting and they get in. Let’s not turn our backs on our children. We MUST take a stand.