Throughout history, there have been moments in time which have shaped a nation. Think JFK’s speech about sending a man to the moon or Dr King’s speech about race and equality and more recently think the terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001.
Well, now there is a time to make history in the United States and today, Friday, December 14, 2012, is that day.
Today, 26 innocent victims, 20 of which were children aged just 5 to 10 years of age, paid the ultimate price for that nations lack of gun control when a gunman, at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, opened fire and shot them.
I know that the US constitution, written over 200 years ago, allows the right to bear arms, but at what cost? How many more children must die due to a lack of gun control? Die, due to a lack of empathy? Die, due to a lack of action?
President Obama is about to commence his final term as US President. Under American law, he cannot go for a third term anyway. His presidency has been dogged by financial issues due to the ever worsening economy. He needs to lead his country into a new era of gun control and this must be his legacy. It won’t be a popular decision and he alone cannot make the law and amend the constitution. That will be up to the lawmakers to do so but it must be lead by Obama himself.
It will be a hard sell.
Many of the pro guns crowd, led by the NRA, will argue that they have a right to protect themselves. Well guess what? It’s not working? It’s never worked. It will never work.
I’ve never seen this headline:
“Armed Citizen Saves The Day At Public School By Killing Heavily Armed Gunman”
“Hero Civilian With The Right To Bear Arms Kills Gunman At School Before He Tried to Kill Everyone”
The reason we don’t see these headlines is because it doesn’t happen. The headlines we do see are like these:
“Madman Kills 28 in School Rampage”
“Another Mass Shooting”
And if the politicians can’t or won’t do it, then it is up to the people of the United States. If you are a member of the NRA or are pro gun, show some true leadership and set an example that enough is enough and lay down your arms and encourage everyone to do so as well. People power can be so powerful.
For those who say guns don’t kill people. People kill people. I agree, but why make it so easy to get access the guns? Make it as hard as possible.
We did it in Australia. After the Port Arthur Massacre of 1996, then Australian Prime Minister, John Howard changed our gun laws and it wasn’t an easy process. There were a lot of people who didn’t want to give up their guns, mainly farmers and people from the bush. But the law was changed and guess what? Not one mass shooting since in almost 20 years.
This can be the future for the United States. If enough people are finally outraged by today’s horrific events.
President Obama, it is time to make history. This is the time when future generations will look back and see that someone was courageous enough to make a change. That someone was influential enough to make a change. That someone put their own self interests aside and just made that change. This is your legacy. It is your time to make a difference.