Another mass shooting. More children dead. More “thoughts and prayers” that do not do a goddamn fucking thing. More calls to “arm teachers” and not “make guns harder to acquire.” More “it’s not the gun, it’s the shooter.” And more “let’s blame it on mental illness.”

I know six people who have killed themselves. All six used a gun.

I’ve wanted to kill myself on numerous occasions. I’ve tried on several occasions.

If I’d had a gun, I would be dead.

A gun in the hands of someone with a mental illness, in my experience, is more likely to be used on themself and not on a group of strangers.

It’s a person who has been taught to hate others who is more likely to shoot up a group of strangers. It’s about racism, sexism, privilege, and entitlement.

So many deaths.

So preventable.

I fucking hate this country.

I hate the NRA and gun lobbyists.

I hate the elected Republican officials.

I hate every person who cares more about their right to own a gun than the rights of children who just want to go to school without fear of being murdered.

There is nothing I can do about any of this.

I want to cry.

Published by loribarett

Coffee addicted charismatic geek with a penchant for tattoos, books, and listening to people tell their stories.

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