Overnight shipping from Amazon. Panicked, last minute phone calls to florists. Saturday night drug store runs to track down the last Mother's Day card. Just this once, forget about all that. This Mother's Day, do something different. Do something radical. Do something, dare I say, sacrilegious: Don't buy your mother a gift.
Let us do something different this time. Let us craft a plan that reduces, not increases, the numbers of guns in our schools. Let us open a discussion about better awareness of, and less fear and stigma of, mental illness, so that we don't isolate individuals who have the potential for this kind of violence.