Pritchett: In honor of our children, let’s demand solutions to gun violence

Pritchett: In honor of our children, let’s demand solutions to gun violence

On Valentine’s Day — a day of love — parents across Fort Collins received emails informing us our children had been in a lockdown drill at roughly the same time that 17 children were being killed in Florida. This was in 2018, but I remember my kids’ stunned faces as they told me their drill instructions, which included advice such as: “If running to safety is not an option, then hide to keep yourself safe. And if you must fight to save your life, fight with all your might, using anything within reach as a weapon.” Yes, kids, please fight with all your might against a grownup with a semi-automatic. My god, what a sad curriculum. What a sad country. Laura Pritchett I am so not interested in discussing distressing interpretations of the murkily-written Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, created at a time when muskets were the weapon of the day. Some conversations aren’t worth having. What I am interested in is brainstorming real solutions—with likeminded people who also felt a real crack in their hearts that day. Whose knees buckled. Whose tears rose up and stung. That Valentine’s, after getting my kids a snack and settling them into some activity, I walked into the kitchen and sank to the floor and wept—and if you didn’t react as a parent that day, or on the 163 days of mass shootings in the U.S., I’m not sure what would move you. But what came after was almost sadder, because […]

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