When a mother recently shared a photo of her child perched on top of a toilet seat, the sheer absurdity of the image caused it to go viral almost immediately. The reasoning behind this photo will definitely touch your heart, as this photo was not meant to capture a playful child while she is in the midst of enjoying one of her latest escapades.
“The moment she told me what she was doing I broke down,” recalled Feeley. “At that moment all innocense of what I thought my three-year-old possessed was gone.”
The mother initially took the photo because she found it humorous and wanted her husband to see what the child was up to. Once she realized what her little one was actually doing? She was completely and totally stunned. As it turns out, the child was merely following the lock down procedures that she had been taught at school. The drill is meant to teach children more about what they need to do if they are trapped in a bathroom when a gunman is on the loose.
“Initially I thought it was funny. I was going to send it to my husband to show what our mischievous little three-year-old was up to,” she wrote.
What a sad world we live in, a world where a three year old girl does not have the ability to maintain her sense of innocence. When a child cannot even finish preschool without having to learn firsthand lessons about the dangers of gun violence, this is a sure sign that we have changes to make as a society. While there are always going to be conflicts on the issue, it is safe to say gun violence is on a constant rise.
“She was practicing for a lockdown drill at her preschool and what you should do if you are stuck in a bathroom.” Feeley went on to say: “No one thinks gun control will be 100% crime control” and “wiping out the right to bear arms is not on the table. We have to be able to at least find some sort of compromise so we can fix this.”
There is no way to remove all of the guns from our country, but surely there are certain compromises that can be made in order to ensure a greater level of safety for the next generation. Why are there no universal background checks being performed? Why are military grade weapons being sold to civilians with no true need for them on a regular basis?
“Why on earth are there not universal background checks? Where is a universal registration database?” she asked. “Why are high capacity magazines ever permitted to be sold to anyone other than direct to the military?… What about smart guns, where are they?…NRA, are you even trying? Let’s talk mental health… Where is the access to care for those struggling with mental illness?” As Feeley rightly pointed out, “banning together, signing petitions, and rallying to get your voice heard is good.”
These are the types of questions that we must ask ourselves if we want to make a true change. This mother wants answers and her Facebook post about watching her daughter stand on a toilet seat has received tens of thousands of likes and shares. She is not pretending as if she has all of the answers, but she is definitely asking the necessary questions.