Getting Real with Kira Hazledine

How do you feel putting your son or daughter on the bus each morning? Do you think they’ll come home? Bet you can’t imagine anything different. What could possibly happen in your town? Things like that happen, sure, but not to you. Not to your kids. Not to your town. But it does. Mass school shootings are happening all across the country.

There have been 8 school shootings in 2018.

It’s only February.

If you’re not worried about sending your kids to school in America, you should be.

This is criminal, on the parts of every American citizen claiming that we don’t have a gun problem. Children are being put into body bags faster than soldiers are being killed in war zones. And if you truly think arming teachers and securing schools with armed police is the answer, you’ve got it all wrong.

Arming teachers won’t keep kids safe.

It will injure more people in the crossfire. People will still die before defensive shots can be taken. There’s too much risk to a student finding out where a teacher’s gun is stored and accessing a weapon right at school. It’s making more school shootings too easy, and it’s not restricting the weapon that is taking lives.

We NEED gun control.

I’m tired of it. I’ve written about it before, asking if guns are more important than our children. They clearly are to many, and it breaks my heart. I struggle with the concept of sending my daughter to school here, even though she is only almost 2. Luckily, I don’t think I’ll have to. With my husband having international ties, my daughter has rights to live and attend school in England. And you’re damn right I’m getting her there if I can.

Other countries don’t have this problem.

No other country worries about school shootings unless they are riddled with war. We aren’t at war with anyone but ourselves, and we are losing every day. When will it be enough? Will it have to happen to your town first? Will you have to be the grieving parent before you speak out? I hope not. I’m done with children dying in schools, where they are supposed to be SAFE. This country is no longer safe for our children, with no gun laws and failing health care, and you can’t convince me otherwise.