I was hesitant to weigh in on the shooting at the Pegasus Parade, but I am passionate about the need for some common-sense approaches to educating people about the dangers of the “guns everywhere” mentality, and diffusing anger and hostility that so often ends in gunfire.
I moved to Northern Kentucky from a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C., about 10 months ago. I love most aspects of life here, except for the fact that I have to be so wary of gun toters.
Why? Because some of our grocery stores and even our libraries permit open carry of weapons. Why someone would need a gun in a library completely escapes my mental capacity, but there you have it.
I have a teenaged daughter whom I would like to see grow into adulthood. Gun violence permeates so many neighborhoods and random scenarios now, and people are so quick to shoot, I fear there is a very real possibility that that dream could be interrupted or cut short.
Statistics bear out the premise of more guns, more unintentional shootings. Can’t we find some common ground to stand on to protect our children?