“Guns and drugs, you choose” – Ani Difranco

Dear Universe,

This is a new edge for me in the world of blogging. Usually I write about women’s health or parenting, but the unfortunately the topic of guns has been alive in my world. Much more alive that I desire. I preface this by saying, I am not totally anti-guns, but I greatly question the parameters by which their use is permitted in our country.

I live in Williamsburg, on beautiful land, which sadly abuts a land upon which many people shoot guns along side the river. The shooting has gotten absolutely out of control. Sometimes, the folks down there fire automatic or semi-automatic weapons (illegally) in violation of the limitations that were laid down by the town a few years ago.

Additionally, across the street from my house, lives a company called CRD Metalworks. As a past time, the employees of CRD also shoot guns for fun, not to mention that what started as a small business in a town zoned as a residential and agricultural, has turned into a large industrial operation that pollutes our sacred waters and invites large trucks and other undesirable activity and noises, in this otherwise quiet hilltown. These folks also hung a Confederate flag outside of their business in response to the voices of the town speaking up against the activities that are a hindrance to our peace and enjoyment of our homes. All this to say, we are living in a hostile environment, which has been unpleasant and anxiety-inducing for many. Some of the neighbors, due to a long term vendetta about the shooting issue with my son’s father, Keith Snow, actually shout profanities at Keith when he is outside of his home with our two year old son. Again, I would say this has gotten out of control.

What also comes up is that a friend who recently launched his annual Tattoo Convention in Boston posted about the near massacre that happened next door to his convention at the World Pokemon Conference. Luckily, the massacre was ambushed by the police. It was too close for comfort, knowing that people I care about where in that building!

This brought to light a discussion between my partner and I, where he shared that a massacre happened once in Australia like this, and then the gun laws were radically altered following this, and nothing like this has happened there since. I have not kept track of how many massacres like this have happened in the states, but once is too many, and it has most certainly happened more than once. Many children have lost their lives, yet the gun laws have remained the same. It is too easy to obtain a gun in this country.

How many children have to die before something will change? Why can we buy guns in Walmart? And why are the rights of folks who want to shoot guns whenever they wish prioritized over the rights of the general public to put our children to bed without watching them cringe and cry with their hands over their ears saying, “Too loud mine ears, mama”?

With love and hope,
A very concerned mother


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