On May 21, fifty-three years ago, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young released Neil Young”s, Four Dead in Ohio. College and universities across the country abruptly ended spring semester classes, as a horrified nation gasped at the tragedy at Kent State University. While the National Guard was responsible for the shootings, leaving an additional ten students wounded, it didn’t quell the anger of the young and old alike. But times have definitely changed. Now days it’s a ho-hum event when our greatest asset–our children are slaughtered in their school classrooms. We look the other way–not my kid–not my problem. But as the song lyrics ask: What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground? How can you run when you know?
Please know my stance is far from original, but I agree. We must start showing the truth. Americans must see the devastation of being blown to bits by AR-15’s. Weapons that render a child unrecognizable and only identifiable by kelly green tennis shoes or DNA. If you want sugar-coated, eat a donut!
On Sunday afternoon, CNN aired a documentary on the Ulvade shooting, One Year After Ulvade, in which they aired some body cam video of police vomiting after they burst into the classroom and found nineteen children and two teachers annihilated. Every American needs to view the crime scene aftermath. Every Texas elected politician should be forced to see the graphic pictures of blood and brains and bits and pieces on classroom walls. Without the proverbial shock and awe of reality, the gun lobbies will continue to bankroll our senators, representatives, and governors that guns don’t kill–people do. Really? If my kid hits another with a stick, not only do I discipline my kid, but I take away the stick. If my kid drives recklessly, I take away the car.
AR-15’s were intended as weapons of destruction to kill the enemy. They are known as spray and slay. AR’s have the potential to destroy a herd of stampeding cattle and render their carcasses inedible. So why are they offered for sale to the general public? And why are they offered without appropriate background checks of mental stability? Because Americans don’t see the graphic details of slaughtered children.
Until all of us can see the vivid pictures and listen to the stories of the families of Columbine, Sandy Hook, or Robb Elementary School, we will continue to ignore, dismiss, or turn our heads. Unless…we personally have to admit: Yes, I knew her. No, I can’t run because I saw it.