LETTER: Will the tragedy in Orlando be our wake up call?

Letter-to-the-EditorNEWTo the Editor:

With each successive massacre I have hoped we would finally, as a nation, say “enough is enough.” I keep hearing that “We are better than this,” but I think perhaps we are not! It is we, the people, who allow this insanity to persist in the face of one unspeakable tragedy after another.

Inaction is an action. If we, the people, fail to insist upon reasonable safety legislation, then we are not blameless in what keeps happening. Americans overwhelmingly support reasonable gun laws, yet we don’t have them. When we vote back into office the very people who block public safety laws, then we are not blameless; we become enablers of a status quo that causes the world to scratch their heads and wonder what types of people we are.

What occurred in Orlando targeting our LGBT friends, family members, loved ones and neighbors is a national tragedy of the highest magnitude. Unfortunately it is but one more in a growing list of similar atrocities against different groups of people; first grade children, high school and college age youths, people worshiping in their church, folks enjoying a night at the movies, soldiers on an American military base on American soil; these massacre-atrocities, and our daily shootings, have become a hallmark of our country. While we cry out in horror each time, we then return to our status quo. What is wrong with us as a people? What has become of our moral compass as a nation?

When first graders, mere babies, were cut down by assault weapons in their classrooms, I thought this would be our national breaking point. It was not! No parent, family member or friend should have to see the consequences of their loved one being torn apart by assault-weapon fire in our own communities in a so-called civilized society. Perhaps the horror of Orlando will wake us up from our national apathy and motivate us to demand action for public safety.

I was a child of gun violence in my own home at the age of six. I can still see my father’s bloody handprints along the walls to my bedroom where he made his way to shut our door. It has left an indelible imprint on me and on my views, as it will on all the secondary victims of each of the bloody massacres we continue to have while so many of us remain inactive and silent on the sidelines.

I still support second amendment rights. What I cannot support nor condone is the right of any private citizen to arm themselves with assault weapons, “cop-killer” bullets or high-capacity magazines that allows them to kill multitudes of people within seconds. Are the dead any less dead or mutilated beyond recognition if they are massacred by a person with mental illness or by a home-grown terrorist?

We need to get assault weapons off our streets and out of our communities. These are not weapons of personal defense; they are not hunting weapons; they are military and law enforcement weapons and they belong in the hands of the military and police, not in the hands of your next door neighbor or mine.

Stephanie R. Paulmeno, MS, RN, NHA, CPH, CDP, CCM

CEO, Global Health Systems Consultants, LLC

Old Greenwich

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