Here’s how I feel tonight.

I feel like it’s 1955. The polio vaccine has just been invented. People are dying from polio. Kids are in iron lungs. My sister is upstairs in her bedroom and the doctor keeps coming and going and my parents won’t let me go up there.

I feel like the United States government knows there is a polio vaccine but it won’t do anything to help people get it. It won’t help manufacture it. It won’t educate people about it. It won’t do anything to save people from dying and being in iron lungs even though it could.

That’s how I feel tonight. Our government is just abandoning us. Even though it has the power to save us.

When polio threatened to kill and cripple us, the government acted in all our interests. The public health departments of every city swung into action finding common cause in a common enemy. Every child got vaccinated. It was the right thing to do. It saved our lives.

Now, people are getting maimed and murdered by guns. Every single day. And the government does nothing. Just leaves us to fend for ourselves. I feel abandoned by the government that is supposed to protect us. If the government does nothing else, it is supposed to keep us safe. But it’s not.

I feel like I’m waiting for polio to take me.