The Sandy Hook school tragedy was a horrific event that visited unspeakable pain on twenty-six families - pain that will leave an indelible impression on them for the rest of their lives. The shooting was a wake up call and gave birth to a much-needed dialogue in our country about how to keep our children safe from gun violence. But what if you were told that there is a “gun” pointed at every child in this country every day that is irreparably destroying the lives and futures of countless children and families? And almost no one is talking about it.
Then what if you were told there is a message we could share that everyone, regardless of religious or political affiliation, could agree on – unlike the divisive issue of gun control - that could immediately begin to take the bullets out of this “gun?” For some reason most in our culture seem to a have a flight response every time this particular “gun” is mentioned. We’re not too afraid to participate in firing the “gun” or complacently allowing others to fire it.
But the majority of us are too fearful of what others might think to do anything about the “bullets” that are riddling our families and our defenseless children. Others in our culture, due to being uniformed or misinformed, blithely believe the lie that the “gun” is harmless and even fun. They see merely a water pistol where in fact there is an AK-47.
The name of this “gun” is pornography.
It is fired at our children from cell phones, I-Pads, cable television shows, movies, video games, and magazines. In its “softer” forms it is fired from billboards, network television shows, and advertisements. It is blatantly and arrogantly waved about by those who use it to sell us on a demeaning and degrading view of ourselves in order to line their own pockets.
This “gun” is loaded with bullets that tell our young women over and over again that how they look is more important than anything they can achieve through a good education, hard work, a winning personality, or a tender heart. This “gun” is loaded with bullets that tell our young men in a million ways that the sole value of a woman resides in her appearance and how she can be used as an object for their selfish sexual gratification.
This “gun” is leaving the children of 56% of our families to deal with the pain of a home shattered by divorce.  The bullets from this “gun” are destroying the self-esteem of our children and threatening to permanently change their brain chemistry This “gun” is making increasing numbers of our children vulnerable to becoming a sex-trafficking statistic, with an estimated 200,000 American children being used for commercial sexual exploitation every year. 
Maybe you feel the analogy is misplaced; that actual death is more serious than the death of millions of marriages and families, the death of self-worth in a generation of young people, or the death of human intimacy and dignity for an entire nation. Our response would be that loss is loss. And we stand to lose more than we can possibly imagine if we ignore this issue of “gun” control.
Finally, consider this. Would you want your daughter, sister, or wife – or your son for that matter - to be in a pornographic film? In a sexted photograph or amateur sex video that winds up on the Internet? Date raped or sexually assaulted by those acting out what they have seen glorified in music videos and movies? If not, please help us spread a simple, truthful message, on which everyone can agree.
Three words - she’s somebody’s daughter.
Together, let’s begin to unload the “gun” and build the kind of world where women, children, and families are valued, cherished, and protected from pornography.