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Please Make The Shootings Stop, Please

When I went to bed last night the families of the victims in the El Paso shooting were heavy on my mind. But then, I woke up to yet another mass shooting in Ohio that left 9 more dead.

And I just can’t, I can’t understand why.

Truthfully, I don’t care why, I care that these families didn’t have a choice and never had a chance to say goodbye to their loved ones. I care that this is still happening because understanding why a monster killed innocent people, will never change anything. My heart aches for these families and I am just sickened that some monster did this to so many innocent people.

So, I beg you – please make the shootings stop, please.

I have no idea who I am talking to because quite frankly, I have no idea who even cares enough or has the power to make changes to prevent these shootings from happening.

All I know is, someone has to make it stop.

If you don’t believe it’s a problem, then you are part of the problem.

This morning I read an article that said “El Paso Walmart rampage marks 250th mass shooting in 215 days” (source) do you realize that means there has been more mass shootings this year than days in the year so far? That is sickening.

And here’s the thing, I don’t claim to know the answer to this problem.

Do I think that taking gun rights away from the people would solve anything? Probably not. People would still obtain guns illegally which often these monsters in mass shootings do.

I’m a firm believer that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. In fact, we hear about these suicide bombers that kill dozens of people and yet, we aren’t blaming the bombs, we blame the bombers. These shootings are no different.

I’ve personally never heard a gun going off by itself and killing someone, have you?

And honestly, I am a registered gun owner. I got my concealed license to legally carry my handgun in my state to protect my family the best way I can. I am a RESPONSIBLE gun owner.

So, taking away rights means that responsible gun owners like myself pay the price too and therefore, I don’t agree with that.

Taking away the gun from the good guy just leaves a bad guy with a gun and in my opinion, that is stupidity.

Let’s be clear though, I don’t think there is a reason for a civilian to own a gun that can kill by the masses, I truly don’t.

All I’m saying is while gun laws maybe need to be changed and perhaps be stricter, it needs to work in the favor of good guys keeping their guns and bad guys never being able to obtain one.

Do I agree things need to change? Absolutely.

Again, I don’t have the answer but I do know the bottom line is that something needs to be done.

The government needs to stop worrying about building a wall, taxes, and laws regarding the use of religion in public schools and focus on the real issue that is happening right now and is affecting so many and that is these mass shootings.

Americans are dying in the masses at the hands of a monster with a gun.

American CHILDREN are being murdered.

That should NEVER be okay. It should be such a serious crime and serious act that something should have been put into place for this to NEVER happen again.

Keeping quiet and sending condolences after a tragedy has happened, isn’t enough.

Things should have changed after the Sandy Hook shooting yet here we are 7 years later still dealing with this.

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I’m fearful for my family. I fear ever leaving my house or allowing my kids to head to public school. I now have to fear taking my family grocery shopping. That just isn’t normal and isn’t right.

So, please, I beg you, please make these mass shootings stop. Please speak up. We have to talk about this. We have to ask for change. We have to be part of the solution if we want that change.

Go home and kiss your family today because someone somewhere is wishing they had that chance to once last time.

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Holly Engelman

Sunday 4th of August 2019

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am born and raised in Dayton Ohio. I go to the Oregon District frequently and was even there last night (I left before the shooting). I don't have an answer either.