A Michigan mother shared a funny photo of her 3-year-old on June 15 only to later learn she actually captured the child practicing a lockdown drill in case of a gun attack.
Stacey Wehrman Feeley said she took a photo of her daughter standing on top of the toilet for her husband, assuming the child was just being mischievous, she explained on Facebook.
But when the 3-year-old explained this was a move she learned in preschool to perform in the event she was stuck in a bathroom during a shooting, Stacey “broke down.”
Soon after, the mother posted the photo of her child alongside an impassioned message begging for stricter gun laws.
“No one thinks gun control will be 100% crime control. But maybe, just maybe, it helps 1% or 2% or 50%? Who knows unless we try,” she said. “Politicians - take a look. This is your child, your children, your grandchildren, your great grand children and future generations to come.”
She added, “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!"
The image and words quickly went viral, attracting more than 10,000 likes with over 13,000 sharing the post in six days.
The mother also begged the public to do more than just share the post, sign petitions and attend rallies -- a sentiment that resonates with many.
“Had the thousands of Americans who signed petitions instead spent 5 minutes calling their elected officials, the response from Congress [during the Democratic Filibuster on gun control] might well have been quicker and more meaningful. If Americans really want progress on issues that matter, they must flood the offices of their elected officials with calls, emails, letters and yes, even visits,” writes Lauren Leader-Chivee, CEO of All In Together, in an opinion article for The Huffington Post.
While many applauded the mother’s sentiments, some disagreed with her belief gun control is the answer.
“Maybe, just maybe, if they teach the people that are 'leading' our children how to properly protect the children by using guns safely then there would be less chance of something happening, like another mass shooting,” Ashley Joyce said. “Guns aren't bad, criminals are bad and criminals aren't going to be the ones turning in their guns anytime soon.”