Tomorrow is the seventh anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. My daughter is now the same age that my nephew was when someone burst into his school and shot 154 bullets in 4 minutes, killing 20 of his classmates and 6 school employees.
This time last year, I created “Innocence Lost” which contains one black piece of fabric for each of the 392 school shootings that happened in the six years following the one at Sandy Hook Elementary. The unfinished edges and loose threads ask how many more will there be before real changes are made to prevent further shootings.
According to Everytown for Gun Safety, the answer is 96 more in 2019 alone. That’s 96 incidents of gun fire on a school campus in less than 50 weeks! This has become normal in the United States, but we can’t accept that. We can’t let our children pay for our apathy.
So what can we do?
- Call your representatives and urge them to pass legislation that supports school safety and gun violence prevention measures.
- Support organizations working to reduce gun violence such as Do Not Stand Idly By, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Sandy Hook Promise.
- Don’t give up or let this become acceptable. Our children deserve better.