Not again, we all keep pleading. But here we are all over again. Again, we find ourselves having to endure seeing the smiling, sweet innocent faces whose lives were allowed to be used as cannon fodder. Again, we ask when enough is enough? Again, we resign ourselves to the maddening reality that things probably won’t change. I am still haunted by the images of the first-grade victims of the Sandy Hook massacre nearly a decade ago. After nothing happened to change America’s gun laws after that atrocity, I thought nothing would, which has been proven right time and time again. This week’s Uvalde school shooting, in which 19 students and two teachers were gunned down by an 18-year-old armed with a handgun and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle (how can a weapon like that end up in the hands of an unstable teenager?) was another shocking case which brings me to tears. How scared those little kids must have been. The heroic actions of the teachers trying to protect them. The grief that must be consuming their families. But, again, will this mass murder of children change anything? Sadly, probably not. This was not New York or Los Angeles. This small Texan town has about half the population of Geraldton. Imagine the shattering effect losing 21 citizens so senselessly and violently will have on such a community. When it comes to gun crime in the US, the all-powerful gun lobby and many citizens’ warped interpretation of the second amendment to bear arms, it feels like a cruel version of Groundhog Day where history will forever keep repeating itself on a loop. At times over the past couple of days, I’ve had to stop reading about the Uvalde tragedy. It becomes too much, and it makes me too mad that Americans are letting this happen. I know many Americans are desperate for gun reform. But all those people in power and all those citizens who think the solution is to maintain the status quo or in fact introduce more guns into the equation so the good guys can compete with the bad guys, I have one simple question for you. How do you keep washing off that constant flow of blood on your hands? The saying ‘only in America’ has never been more apt when talking about their resistance to gun reform. All it took for Australia and New Zealand to take significant action was one massacre each. No more. America might be the world’s leading superpower but in respect to this issue, they are weak and pathetic. Words don’t mean anything when kids keep going to school and not coming home. Hopefully US President Joe Biden’s words this week can somehow, someway be transformed into action, and that America as a collective finds it “backbone” against the gun lobby.