U.S. mother horrified to find young daughter practising lockdown drill

Stacey Wehrman Feeley's daughter, 3, practising her preschool's lockdown drill. Facebook / Stacey Wehrman Feeley

Stacey Wehrman Feeley’s initial amusement at finding her daughter perched on top of the toilet in their home’s washroom quickly turned to horror.

The Michigan girl was not playing a game — she was practising her preschool’s lockdown drill, should she be trapped in a washroom when danger strikes.

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“The moment she told me what she was doing I broke down,” Feeley wrote in a Facebook post from June 15, which has since gone viral.

“At that moment all innocence of what I thought my three-year-old possessed was gone.”

The mother’s post then takes aim at gun control in the United States, and politicians’ failure to tighten gun laws.

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“Politicians — take a look. This is your child, your children, your grandchildren, your great grandchildren 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.”

The U.S. has been marred by mass shootings in recent years, including :

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Documents released after the Sandy Hook massacre revealed that a dozen bodies, most of them children, were found packed “like sardines” in one of the school’s washrooms.

WATCH: Police release thousands of pages of documents from Sandy Hook massacre investigation 

“No one thinks gun control will be 100% crime control,” Feeley goes on. “But maybe, just maybe, it helps 1% or 2% or 50%? Who knows unless we try?

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“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? Is that really necessary to protect yourself or hunt for that matter?”

Going after the United States Constitution’s Second Amendment — the right to bear arms — will take too long, Feeley says. In the meantime, there needs to be advances in mental-health care, smart gun technology, and safer public spaces, she writes.

“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!”

Feeley’s impassioned plea comes at a telling time.

On Monday the U.S. Senate rejected gun control reform, including proposals for a beefed up background check system.

WATCH: U.S. President Barack Obama calls for more gun control


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