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I write this on Memorial Day — a day set aside to remem­ber those who sac­ri­ficed their lives in American wars. But I ask, are we not at war now? The shouts of those who scream, “I have a right” over the silence and grief of fam­i­lies whose chil­dren were mur­dered. Those who chant “sec­ond amend­ment” loud­er than the sor­row and anger of fam­i­lies whose loved ones were killed while sim­ply going to the grocery. 

We are at war with politi­cians accept­ing gen­er­ous dona­tions from the NRA. Politicians who, at a con­ven­tion for the same orga­ni­za­tion, had the nerve to read the names of slain chil­dren and teach­ers. These were human beings mur­dered by an 18-year-old with an assault weapon. Then there are those who stand behind laws that allow an 18-year-old to legal­ly buy a mil­i­tary-style weapon when he can­not legal­ly buy a drink.

I have had enough when, once again, I can­not see the evening news because of my tears. When have we final­ly had enough? At what point do sen­si­ble peo­ple rise up and refuse to be held hostage by politi­cians who want noth­ing more than to retain pow­er, and an indus­try plac­ing prof­it over the lives of young children?

We can­not con­tin­ue to do this. While the rest of the world ques­tions why America tol­er­ates such sense­less vio­lence, we need to ques­tion it as well. The days of “thoughts and prayers” are over.  We can use our col­lec­tive out­rage to affect change. We must.

Enough!  No más.

  • Sabrina Puckett

    Sabrina Puckett has lived in Winchester since 1989. In 2015 she retired from her work in Adult Protective Services with the State after 26 years. Since then, she has worked in Winchester in home­less ser­vices and com­mu­ni­ty men­tal health. She is a mem­ber of Better Together Winchester, Emmanual Episcopal Church, and is a mem­ber of the WinCity News and Views advi­so­ry board. Her favorite role cur­rent­ly is grand­moth­er to a red-head­ed tod­dler boy.