Vail Daily letter: Vote for gun control
I’m tired of explaining to my young children why the flag is at half mast all the time. I taught public school for many years, and even as an adult, going through a lock down drill was a terrifying process. Can you imagine what if feels like to a 5-year-old? We don’t have to live in a country where this is our reality. We live in a world where we don’t feel safe in our schools, theaters, malls or restaurants. There are news stories about children shooting each other accidentally every day, and school shootings way too often as well, but since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, when 20 first-graders and six educators died, Congress has failed to pass a single piece of legislation to begin to reduce America’s gun violence epidemic. Not one. In the four years since Sandy Hook, there have been 1,100 more mass shootings; 400,000 more people have been injured or killed by firearms — 80,000 of them children! Enough is enough! This November, we have the chance to elect leaders who will take action to reduce gun violence. Every mom, dad, grandparent and family member in Eagle County who wants to see an end to America’s gun violence epidemic should plan to vote. I will be able to explain to my children that I did my part by voting. Will you?