It's a tragedy that five years after Virginia Tech so little has changed. How many years must we wait until tragic headlines about school shootings, children dying, and people using the "shoot first and ask questions later" defense to take the law into their own hands go away? When will we finally get the courage to stand up as a nation and say enough to the deadly proliferation of guns and gun violence that endanger children's and public safety? As a nation we can't afford to keep waiting for common-sense gun control laws that would protect our children and all of us from indefensible gun violence. The time to act is now.
Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy, recently told reporters of his son's murder: "There is no justice in this." And even if George Zimmerman were ultimately to be convicted, Tracy Martin will still be right, because his son will still be lost to him as a result of ill-advised and reckless changes to Florida law in the past. Meanwhile, the NRA continues its push to arm civilians by liberalizing the use of lethal force. Four states now allow citizens to carry loaded guns in public with no permitting, screening or training. Until this lethal agenda is countered by Americans of conscience, the inevitability of future Trayvon Martins will hang over America like a funeral shroud.