(Facebook/Stacey Wehrman Feeley)
When Stacey Wehrman Feeley snapped this photo of her three-year-old standing on the toilet, she thought her daughter was being funny, and wanted to share it with her husband. But when she discovered that this was part of a lockdown drill the young girl had learned at preschool, in the event that she be trapped in a bathroom during a school shooting, she took to Facebook to express her frustration.
“Politicians - take a look,” Wehrman Feely wrote in the post. “This is your child, your children, your grandchildren, your great grand children and future generations to come. They will live their lives and grow up in this world based on your decisions. They are barely 3 and they will hide in bathroom stalls standing on top of toilet seats. I do not know what will be harder for them? Trying to remain quiet for an extended amount of time or trying to keep their balance without letting a foot slip below the stall door?”
She then goes on to question gun control laws in the United States.
“Why on earth are there not universal background checks? Where is a universal registration database? Why are high capacity magazines ever permitted to be sold to anyone other than direct to the military?”
She calls out to politicians, entrepreneurs, innovators, incubators and investors asking how she can help.
“Banning together, signing petitions, rallying to get your voice heard is good, but is it actually doing anything or just making us feel better about the current situation? We need action,” she says.
While Wehrman Feely is the first to state her personal limitations with regards to gun control, she hopes that this image will serve as a wakeup call for anyone who sees it and promote some sort of action or change.
“I am not pretending to have all the answers or even a shred of them, but unless you want your children standing on top of a toilet, we need to do something!”
At the time of publication, the Facebook post had been shared more than 3,300 times, with comments of support pouring in.
“This is both heartbreaking and frightening,” writes one commenter.
“There were 43 other shootings in and around our country the same day Orlando took place. Those, I guess, we’re just normal - not really news. What have we become?” asked another.
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