We Should All Be Outraged about the Texas Shootings
The killing of eighteen children and three adults, and the injuring of others, by a shooter at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas is a national disgrace. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. extends our deepest sympathy to the families of all those affected and expresses our outrage over the inaction of Congress in confronting gun violence in the United States.
If we cannot protect our children, what does it say about our nation? Parents and families should have no fear in sending their children to school. Yet, in this present environment of gun violence, there is no guarantee that a child who walks out the front door will return home safely at the end of the day. What type of country do we live in when our most precious souls are deemed expendable, and when their bloodshed only results in 'thoughts and prayers?' A nation that cannot love and protect its children, is a nation that has lost its soul.
When will the bloodshed be enough for adults in our nation's political leadership to cease their petty differences and arguments, and stop hiding behind archaic Constitutional amendments, and confront the epidemic of gun violence? We are burying our future with each mass shooting, and it should come as no surprise when children express doubts over the integrity of our nation. What confidence can children have in their future when we cannot protect them today?
We need leaders in our country, real leaders, who take seriously the responsibility to protect children. If we continue down our current path of easy access to guns, no strong background checks on gun owners, and ignoring mental health issues, this nation will not see another century. We have accepted 'death by gun violence' as a normal occurrence and grown numb to the tears and heartache of parents who must bury their dead children. This is a political problem, but a moral failure.
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. calls upon Congress, Democrats and Republicans, to take the necessary measures to reduce the incidence of gun violence in America.
Sean D. Housen, Sr.
23rd International Grand Polaris
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
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