For many of us, watching kids play innocently within the park is an easy pleasure. Kids are inclined to romp round with plentiful power and a carefree perspective. Her pleasure is usually contagious and makes even the hardest amongst us go gentle. Nonetheless, we now have quickly grow to be a rustic the place the protection of our kids can’t be assured and their innocence can’t be maintained. When our kids can’t be secure in class and should be taught to deal with an lively shooter, we now have failed as a nation.
Lively shooter drills. How loopy is that? As a substitute of multiplication workout routines, youngsters be taught expertise like pretending to be lifeless, cleansing bloody garments, or studying to barricade doorways. So as a substitute of questioning if our children ate all of their lunch, dad and mom want to fret if the subsequent faculty taking pictures will probably be at their youngsters’ faculty and if it is their child who will not be residence for dinner. I typically surprise if staunch gun rights advocates can be as obsessed with the correct to bear arms if it was their son butchered whereas attempting to stroll residence from faculty or go to the flicks.
For all these kids who’ve now witnessed mass shootings or been shot, what’s it like for them now? Let’s discover what it is prefer to be a sufferer of gun violence. The bullets go by means of the pores and skin however don’t observe a linear path inside the physique. The bullet fragments may very well be wherever. Dying is normally not prompt. Most individuals die from blood loss or, in the event that they survive the primary few hours, many die from an infection. However what concerning the lifelong trauma that can observe these youngsters who survived however watched their pals get killed? That psychological wound might by no means heal.
Our nation is already struggling to supply sufficient psychological well being suppliers to satisfy present demand. If we proceed this price of gun violence, we’ll have a nation full of individuals with PTSD. Individuals who can not sleep at night time. Individuals unable to carry a job. Maybe this argument will immediate our stalled legislators to behave since we’re a capitalist society.
2022 has seen over 250 mass shootings up to now and we’re on our solution to experiencing the worst yr in historical past. Colleges, church buildings, supermarkets, the office. There are not any secure locations anymore. How did a wealthy nation like ours grow to be a hotbed of violence? Oh, I forgot. That is how we began: killing the indigenous inhabitants of this land and enslaving Africans for a whole bunch of years. Our violence has begotten violence.
United States is the solely nation with extra weapons than individuals. The typical gun proprietor has about 5 weapons. In an industrialized nation like ours, the place it’s not essential to exit for our meals for essentially the most half, why do we’d like all these weapons? Why would any common citizen who will not be within the army want a semi-automatic weapon?
Disgrace on us America! Our youngsters deserve higher!
Denise Hooks-Anderson, MD, FAAFP