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Open Letter To Our Leaders Regarding Gun Massacres In Our Schools


February 15, 2018

Dear Mr. President, Congress, Governors, State and Local Officials of The United States Of America,

I am moved to write you after viewing on television what happened to the students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  It made me both sad and angry.

The Columbine Massacre occurred Nineteen years ago.  Since then there have been Twenty-Five  active fatal shootings in schools alone, not to mention public places like Vegas.  When is enough, enough? I’m angry because you have the power to do something but you won’t.   You get on the television and on line and say things like “Something has to be done” or “My prayers are for the families of the deceased and victims.”  Let me say as a Christian,  your words mean NOTHING!  The parents of these children can pray for themselves.  They have family to pray, friends to pray and ministers to pray.  Your prayers, though a nice sentiment, is not what we the citizens of the United States need.  We did not elect you to prayWe do not pay you to pray.  You are elected to make laws that are best for the people of this nation!

Many of you say you are Christians, so let me remind you of what the bible says: “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” ~James 2:15-16

You haven’t really moved on this issue since Columbine, some say it’s because of the gun lobbyist, regular citizens who are gun owners or the NRA.  Many say but I have a right to own guns.  Well I say what about those who have a right to live, go to work and go to school?

Yes a person who does this thing clearly has mental health issues.  But what good is saying it (affirming it) but doing nothing about it?  Why not set up funding to assess and assist people with mental health issues?  Our youth especially need it. Why not stop them from owning weapons?  Our former president Barack Obama set a regulation to make it difficult for people with mental health issues to purchase guns but just last February, or current president, Donald Trump reversed it.  Why?

Semi- automatic guns have no place on our streets. They are weapons of war.  They have no place in our schools.  They can’t be used for hunting because they would decimate the prey.   Make a legislation to abolish them.

I am calling now for all citizens of this nation to demand our legislators do their job and protect us. If the officials don’t, then it is our job-our duty to vote them out!

I hope this letter will move you, our nation’s leaders, to do something about this matter.


Leslie Howard

Concerned Citizen of The United States of America

Talking To Your Children About Violence In Our Society

Talking 1    Not a week goes by that we don’t hear a story of mass murders in schools, malls, movie theaters and even churches. These places used to be considered “Safe Places” but now it feels like nowhere is safe.

As we watch the news we can’t help but feel anxious about our family’s safety.  What about our children? even the youngest of children can be affected by what’s going on in the big bad world.  It’s our job to calm their fears so they will not be afraid to venture out into society.  Below are a few tips to help you  talk to your children.  I’m sure you can come up with more ideas.

Start A Conversation

Talk to your children about what’s going on in today’s society and in their lives. Take time to listen to how they are feeling. Many times in our conversations we are so busy sharing information and giving warnings that we don’t allow our children to express how they are feeling.  Many times they are afraid and anxious about what’s happening around them. Be open and allow them to express themselves.

Cover Them In Prayer

Let’s be mindful to pray for our children; not only for their physical safety but their Spiritual, Mental and yes Emotional safety. Be purposeful and specific in prayer by covering them in the morning before they leave our homes and at night before they sleep. Pray for children nursery school through college. 

Pray with them too. Invite them to share their fears and needs with Jesus. When they give their worries to Him, they no longer have to carry them around.

Be Aware

Know what your child is doing. What kinds of books, music, movies, TV shows, video games or websites are they exposed to? Who are their friends? Their influences? Is your child a loner? Is your child being bullied?  Could your child be the bully? Get to know their friend’s parents. Are they people who share your values? Do they have guns in the home?

Get Help

Go on line and search out sites such as http://corporateweb.geologics.com/…/Helping_Children_Cope.p… get tips to help you start the conversation. Ask open ended questions. If you need, seek counseling or parenting support groups.   Encourage them to speak to teachers or school counselors.

Be Proactive

Find out what’s your school’s safety plan. If you’re not satisfied, make some noise. Be involved with your PTA and help make a plan. Talk to the principal, Board Of Education, Mayor and other officials.  If you are not satisfied contact your governor and state senator.  If necessary get the media involved.

Don’t Scare Your ChildrenTalking 2

As you speak to them try not to alarm them but be calm and reassure them that the “Boogie Man”  is not hiding under their bed and every person is not out to get them. We need to reminded that our God is a strong tower. We the righteous run to Him and we are saved. Psalm 18:10

Words Of Comfort

Here’s a word of comfort Psalm 138:7 ~Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.

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