Montel Williams tearfully pleaded with lawmakers to do something to stop gun violence during an appearance on Morning Joe on Friday.
Just two days ago, yet another school shooting occurred in America, this time in Parkland, Florida. Fourteen students, one teacher, and two school staffers were murdered by a gunman who is now in custody.
The shooting has renewed the ongoing call for gun control measures to prevent future gun violence, calls that have unfortunately gone unanswered as Republicans send “thoughts and prayers” to the families of the victims.
But as talk show host Montel Williams explained, this latest shooting traumatized thousands of students across the country, especially those who have survived past school shootings.
In the aftermath of school shootings in Ohio and Washington a couple years ago, Montel visited the schools to talk to the kids about what they went through, and is still in contact with many of them today. And since the news of the Parkland school shooting broke on Wednesday, many of those students have reached out to him.
“Right now, for the last couple days, I’ve been getting emails, texts from kids who said, ‘Enough, Montel — enough,’” Williams emotionally told Joe Scarborough. “‘We need to do something, we’re begging parents to do something responsibly — do something.’”
Williams, who served in the Marines for over 20 years and owns over a dozen guns, then shredded Republicans for obsessing about protecting school bathrooms from transgender people instead of doing something to protect our kids from being killed by guns at school.
“That’s when as a gun owner, I have to stop and say, ‘Come on, man — are we this stupid? Are we this stuck on stupid that we will spend more time arguing where a child goes to the bathroom in a school than talking about protecting that child’s life in that school?’” Williams continued.
And Williams wasn’t done. While it makes sense for someone who is trained to use military-style weapons to be able to purchase them, Williams believes that people who aren’t trained should not be able to do so.
“What have we really denigrated ourselves down to, man?” Williams asked. “As a proud gun owner, I have 17 guns, man, I spent 22 years in the military. Remember you taught me how to shoot a weapon, you told me it was okay, so it was okay for me. All my guns are locked up in a safe, and I use them maybe once a year to go target practice and shoot rocks. Okay, but I think I’m trained. I had somebody check off that block at expert and say go do your thing. We have children buying guns. Guys, come — we’ve got to do something about this. Have to do something — not next year, not two years from now — today.”
Scarborough supported Montel’s plea by adding that most police chiefs and former members of the military agree that “civilians without proper training should not be able to go and buy these things.”
Montel noted that a majority of Americans, including gun owners, support comprehensive background checks. And 80 percent of Americans support banning assault weapons.
“People in America are getting tired of this,” Williams continued. But he also said that it’s not just the Parkland community that is affected by this shooting. Thousands of people across the country have been impacted by this shooting, especially those who have survived school shootings, whom Montel said are dealing with PTSD as a result.
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Kids and parents should not have to live in constant fear that they will one day have to deal with a school shooting. Schools should be safe places. In fact, all of America should be a safe place but it has increasingly become a hazardous and dangerous place to live because of gun violence. Republicans have the power to do something about it, but they won’t because they are too beholden to the National Rifle Association.
The only way our government will ever do something to stop gun violence is if the American people replace Republican lawmakers with people like Montel Williams who actually care about our lives and the lives of our kids more than they do about guns.
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