I wouldn’t isolate my child, I’d just stop sending him to school and school him at home. At some point we have to stand up, even if I’m the only one standing. Stand up and say no more. Not sending my child to school and letting it be known that is the reason why is intended to send a message. It’s not okay. I am not okay living with the reality that all of our children are in danger when they are at school. I’m actually super not okay with mass shootings of any kind, anywhere, period.

I do not want to be the person who sees the news, says, oh god what a tragedy and then go back to what I was doing as if 17 people were never shot and killed by the hand of a 19 year old at school one day.

I think as a whole we’ve become desensitized and this is now our normal. This is so not normal. It’s not normal. This is not okay.

I don’t want to debate gun rights or gun control. I have no solution because there is no solution. I’d have to get an entire nation to agree and follow through even if I did have one and that’s never going to happen.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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