Every day our children go to school and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. They promise to be loyal to the United States of America, in which this undivided nation is a place which provides liberty and justice for all — “justice” meaning fairness, equity and quality of being fair and reasonable. “Freedom” means a state of being free within a society from oppressive restrictions imposed by the authority on one’s way of life.
After the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School recited the Pledge of Allegiance on Dec. 14, that pledge of loyalty failed them. We as adults have failed those children, our children, our society and everything that the United States should stand for: liberty and justice for all, not just the few — who hold a gun.
The National Rifle Association wants us to believe that people should be free to hold guns and gun clips in the United States. That is their purpose; they are a gun club and that’s what they do — promote guns. But in doing so, they have taken away our basic freedoms. Our children are not free to go to a safe school. After the Sandy Hook gun shooting, my daughter’s school is on lockdown in anticipation of more school shootings.
We need to remember that the only purpose of a gun is to control another and to kill, and the only purpose of gun clips is to control a lot and kill many. People don’t even have to pass a background check when they purchase guns at gun shows. The NRA is [there] to promote guns, and their idea of each teacher having a gun in each classroom is incomprehensible.
Abraham Lincoln said that “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
As we begin the new year, let’s remind ourselves that the intent of our nation was to apply fairness and justice for all, not just a few. We need your help in making our country a safe place for all. Let’s all make some noise. E-mail or call your local and federal legislators, and let them know that you not only want a safe America, but you demand it!