To the children of this nation, I say to you that I’m deeply sorry that, as a nation, we are more concerned about gun rights than your safety, your peace of mind, your future. You deserve better from us and from our country’s leaders who are supposed to protect your lives, your hopes and your dreams. We have failed you over and over again, every time there’s been a mass shooting. 

On Nov. 30, the grandniece of my friend was witness to the school shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan. It was an ordinary day until she heard the shots, went into hiding and texted her mom as she waited in terror. It seemed an eternity before she was reunited with her dad. She had also been at lunch with the 14-year-old girl who was killed that afternoon.

In time there will be some healing but the scars will last a lifetime. And, until we have the courage to pass responsible gun legislation I, along with Moms Demand Action and Everytown, will continue to work tirelessly for the safety of others, especially our children.

We will continue to focus our efforts on ending gun violence. For now, I dream and hope of the day when we will love our children as much as our guns.

Kathleen Sherman, CSJ
Sisters of St. Joseph
LaGrange Park