If you see something, say something.
After each school shooting, we’re reminded this is the most important thing you can do to stay safe. Here’s what I see.
- I see bereaved parents burying children who committed the audacious act of going to math class.
- I see thoughts and prayers offered as an antidote to bullets.
- I see grown men mocking school-shooting survivors for exercising their right to petition the government for change.
- I see political commentators fabricating conspiracy theories to invalidate the emotions of children who have watched their friends bleed to death.
- I see terrorism – with complicity by the very leaders who instill fear of terrorism to justify building walls, blocking immigrants and tearing quiet, hardworking people away from their families to be deported.
- I see ‘If you see something, say something’ being offered suddenly as a prevention strategy.
- I see schools eliminating music, art and humanities, while installing metal detectors, automatic door locks and active systems to confuse and trap potential intruders.
- I see children doing “active shooter drills”.
- I see proliferation of armed rampages accepted as the price of freedom for a few, rather than a loss of freedom for the many.
- I see the 2nd Amendment being treated as if it’s the whole content of the Constitution.
- I see widespread violation of the general welfare clause in Article 1:8 of the Constitution.
- I see teachers who earn $40,000 a year heroically dying to protect students, while elected “leaders” like the Speaker of the House who earns $223,500, are afraid to hold town hall meetings with the people who elected them.
- I see the safety net being replaced by surveillance, as elected leaders call for more oversight of the mentally ill even as they cut services to the mentally ill.
- I see men repealing the very gun laws that they say should already be good enough to protect us.
- I see companies profiting from gun violence by selling bullet-proof blankets and backpacks that seem more likely to terrify children than make them safer.
- I see laws that prevent the study and understanding of the very issues that most people want to address.
- I see people placing more importance on their own enjoyment at the shooting range than on the life of a stranger’s child.
- I see people on high platforms trying to silence those who stand in the dirt.
- I see self-professed Good Christians who equate machines of war with gifts from God.
- I see people with endless money and power blaming our problems on people who have neither money nor power.
- I see justifications for gun rights where up is down and black is white, where the obvious is overlooked and the nonsensical spoken as if supported by logic.
I see all this. To whom am I supposed to say it?