I am a war survivor. Four dead in America, shot by a man using an AR-15, “commonly used by mass shooters in the US”. I wrote this peace in October last year. It saddens me deeply that my words are yet again relevant. Four innocent lives lost today. 😢 “As you all know, I come from Bosnia.
My family and I lived through the Bosnian civil war.
My father had to go to war, like most of fathers then. My mother was absolutely terrified of any kind of weapons. As I was the eldest of the three, my father taught me to dismantle, clean & put back together a pistol and a rifle, in the dark. This was only ever to be used if our family was attacked. I absolutely hated it. I hated the fact that we had to have weapons in our home.
They brought fear in me that I might one day have to use them. Luckily I never had to.
We all saw what weapons can do, what damage they can do. The nobodys, the non achievers suddenly got hold of weapons and they did stupid things, they terrified women and children. They had never achieved anything in their lives before, but suddenly they had power, they had weapons.
Weapons desensitise people. Weapons are NOT necessary amongst civilians. Having lived in a war, I just cannot understand how anyone can buy a gun unregulated. It saddens me so much and it terrifies me. 😔 This is not about the mentally ill, this is about regulations, about laws (lack of) which would prevent sales of weapons to the unstable & the unsuitable. My family and I have lost loved ones to guns. I don’t wish for anyone to go through that.
When will America wake up? So much wealth, so many resources, so many opportunities to educate, to explain risks and consequences of weapons. How many civilians have to die before their laws are changed?
I am just in disbelief, like so many of us.” @jackiecorin @bbcnews
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