Just One Life

When I first met grief, it was all consuming.  I had not experienced pain like that.  It cut to my core.  There was little ability to feel anything except loss.  Grief lived with me for quite some time.  If you’ve felt it, you know.  If you haven’t, it simply can’t be explained.  There aren’t words.

Perhaps that is why I cried when I saw the news last week about the Florida massacre.  Tears rolled down my face.  It wasn’t my pain, but to know that others have to go where I was eight years ago (or perhaps even worse due to the circumstances) made me ache for them.  I wept in utter disbelief that someone could inflict that level of pain on another human being.  I wept that we as a nation have let this continue.

If you’ve felt true loss, you know.  You want to spare any fellow human the agony.

They say that the second amendment gives us all the right to bear arms.  I don’t disagree.  However, it does not say that we have the right to bear AR-15 type semi-automatic weapons, the gun used at Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida.

Some say it is hobby – that responsible gun owners should be able to shoot the weapon of their choice in a responsible manner.

I don’t really have a hobby.  I don’t fish or paint or collect stamps.  But I can’t imagine that there is a hobby that I wouldn’t give up if I thought it might save lives, especially the lives of children.  How can one be selfish enough to allow the thrill of shooting to get in the way of potentially protecting our kids?  Would you give up fishing to save lives?  Would you turn in your favorite stamp if you knew 17 teenagers would live sixty, seventy years longer?  How can we as a nation not understand that access to these destructive weapons are a part of the problem?

If we outlaw semi-automatic weapons, I do not believe it will fully stop gun violence.  There are many issues we need to address before we can rest.  But common sense tells us that cutting off legal access to semi-automatic weapons might, just might, make a dent in the problem.  Maybe I’m wrong.  But, in my opinion, it is worth a try.

What if we outlawed semi-automatic weapons, and it saved one life?  Would it be worth it?

It would if it was my child.

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  1. Lucy Hunt

     /  February 28, 2018

    Bruce, I always love your posts, but this one resonated beyond words. Thank you for your perspective. I join you in the hope that one day our lawmakers will outlaw assault weapons. It is one of many steps they should take to address the culture of gun violence in our country.

  2. Mom

     /  February 28, 2018

    Amen! And at the same time, make mental health a priority in America.

  3. Amen! I agree with it all!

  4. Shelli Zalek

     /  February 28, 2018

    I too believe. Every time I hear about school shootings, or any shootings where innocent lives are taken, my heart aches for the families of the innocent victims. It could be our child or family member. Something must be done before another victim dies because of guns. I enjoy your stories. You are a talented writer with 3 beautiful daughters. I’m so happy you found someone to share your life with. Congratulations. I wish you and your family all the happiness in the world. You so deserve it. Sending 💓💓💓💓💓 from Ohio Shelli Zalek she

  5. Amen! You’ve posed this so compassionately I hope you share it with the world!

    • Danny Tanner

       /  March 11, 2018

      Its time. But I fear that, as usual, things will get stalled. So stupid.


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