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Published February 17, 2018
As re-entered the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, the “Breaking News” red-and-white banner caught my eye on the large-screened television. There were images of students running and law enforcement taking position outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Someone hotel lobby crowd remarked, “Another school shooting.”
Later in the afternoon noon I received updates via emails that said there were 17 killed and 15 another injured. Of the dead were 14 students and three were on staff as coaches or teachers.
The weapon used was an AR-15 assault weapon.
Far too often the common denominator in mass killings in the United States is the assault weapon.
It is time for Americans to ask the question what does allowing citizens to own assault weapons have to do with the Second Admendment that allows for citizens the right to bear arms? Citizens cannot own nuclear weapons. Why should they be able to own assault weapons?
The argument goes that guns don’t kill people, people do. Assault weapons allow a person to kill many people in a matter of seconds. Why does any average U.S. citizen have to kill a dozen people in a matter of seconds?
As an American Indian, I know America was built on violence. America was conceived in bloodshed. As an American Indian, I remember that some 300 American Indian men, women and children killed at Wounded Knee, as I remember those killed at the high school in Parkland. As an American Indain, I remember that some 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho were killed at Sand Creek, Colorado, as I pray for the families of those who lost loved ones in Parkland.
It is time to pray for the United States of America. How many more need to die? It’s time to ban the AR-15 assault weapon.