Opinion: Another senseless tragedy

We apologize for the long delay in writing. Recent events caused us to take a step back and contemplate where we are.

On May 6th, another senseless tragedy took place. An armed assailant took down 8 innocent bystanders at an outdoor mall in Allen, Tx. The shooter was killed by the police. I urge you not to look at social media pictures or video of this event; it is grisly. An ER nurse described it as “gruesome.” https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2023/5/7/2167960/-Do-not-watch-the-video-from-Texas

The TX leadership is offering thoughts, prayers, forget and move on. No action will come from them to restrict weapons of war. It is up to the people of this country to demand action from our leaders, or ask them to resign so someone capable can take their take place.

Here’s a disturbing graphic illustration from WaPo showing how two children, Noah Pozner age 6, and Peter Wang age 15, were torn apart by AR-15 rifles in school shootings. https://wapo.st/3M4AojV – The Blast Effect.

Texas has a death wish. We relax laws on military grade weapons to age 18, reduce their age to purchase, require no training, no waiting period, have open carry and allow anyone in any bad mental condition to buy one. What I struggle with is to stay and fight for change or protect my family and get the hell out.

Along with that Texas wants to teach children as young as 8 how to help their friends if they get shot and how to safely navigate to trauma stations. This is not civilization.

We can amend the National Firearms Act, the same law that got Tommy guns and fully automatic machine guns off the streets. Amend the act, set taxes for AR-15’s at $1000, and we’ll see them slowly go away.


Its time to turn thoughts and prayers into words and action. The first step is empathy. The second step is education. The third step is action.

Sincerely yours,


Published by smilingdad

My story is one of tragedy and redemption. We've made many mistakes along the way regarding our money. Our goal here is to show you how to take care of your money life long, and as much as we can, help the Earth along the way. I call it sustainable personal finance and ethical capitalism. Currently, I am a part time writer for Cleantechnica and part-time licensed financial professional, along with being a full-time dad.

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