With all the posting I do about our kids, and now really dipping my toes into the pool of global health, there’s an issue that I’ve been silent about. Gun control. I haven’t said much about gun control, as this blog isn’t really for that. I’ve posted about how I think it’s disgraceful that the media neglected Nancy Lanza, and why I chose not to watch the PBS special about Adam Lanza. But despite having some strong opinions on this, I’ve kept quiet. I quietly joined the group Moms Demand Action, tweeted and shared a few things, but basically didn’t say much about it.
Until today. Because this week two incidents hit very close to home. One issue is the man who killed two dogs in northern Chester County. For the record, that article is a day old and he now has been charged with a few things. But some quotes of his are in the media and they send chills down my spine.
“I shoot first and ask questions later.”
And apparently he has confessed to police that not only did he shoot the second dog while it was running away, that he did not even yell at the dogs to try to get them to run away. Just shot them. Shoot first. Ask questions later.
I feel a special closeness to this story for several reasons. I have children that adore our dogs. And, our dogs (Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs) are cousins to the Bernese Mountain Dogs that were killed. And, well, like many people I have a heart and a conscience, and just think that killing innocent animals for no reason is wrong. Here’s one of my boys with our dogs last year, from a Thoughtful Thursday post I did.
My dogs have gotten loose. They bark at the neighbors, they bark at the mailman and they bark at the garbagemen. They bark at everyone and they are intimidating. This is now the 3rd incident I have heard of (2 Swissies besides the Berner incident) where our dogs have been shot and killed for wandering onto a neighbor’s property. I am now going to be much more cautious with my dogs, that’s for sure.
While I’m making sure that my dogs don’t wander, I guess I need to make sure my boys don’t wander either!
Today there was a second incident in Philadelphia. A 21-year-old man with autism was driven home by a caregiver. Somehow, he went to the wrong home and the caregiver tried to redirect him. They both were shot by the homeowner at the incorrect house. What has our society become? I have a child with autism, and while I would never let him wander the neighborhood alone, in the event that he did get away from me and do so, now I have to worry about him being shot? With all the other worries that I have for him…now this, too?
The price you pay for getting lost shouldn’t be getting shot.
Moms, it’s time to demand a plan. We can’t live like this. Bloggers, if you’ve recently written about gun control, kids and peace, the dog incident in Chester County or anything related, please share.