Thursday, November 8, 2018




Today I am in tears—once again: tears of grief, tears of frustration, tears of anger. How many more times must mass shootings happen before we take reasonable action regarding the availability of guns? How many more times must this happen before we impose sane restrictions on the size of magazines? How many more innocent lives must be lost before we take on the NRA and impose logical guidelines for gun ownership?

 I thought twenty-eight deaths—including small children—at Sandy Hook would to it. It didn’t.

 When sixteen people were killed in San Bernardino, California—far too close to where I live—I thought, Finally. Now someone will act. No one did.

 When fifty died in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Florida, I was sure congress would act. It didn’t.

 I hoped the fifty-nine deaths at the Harvest Festival in Las Vegas would spur legislation. They didn’t.

 I thought twenty-seven deaths at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas would move congress to act. They didn’t.

 I thought seventeen deaths at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School would do it. It didn’t.

 Now, yet again, we have thirteen dead and many more injured at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. Most of the victims were college students. And once again, I am heartbroken.

 Unfortunately, I no longer expect to see any action to actually curb the proliferation of extended magazines, which allow many, many shots in a very short time. I am numb to the shock and grief and anger.

 I miss my country where people felt safe in their homes, in public places, at school, and at work. I continue to pray for the families of those who have been lost. I continue to pray for our leaders to exercise courage and act. 

I need to hang onto hope. But it has become nearly impossible.
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6 comments:

  1. I share your grief and I am broken hearted. Thank goodness for the little faith and hope of change we still have.

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    1. I'm finding it hard to muster any hope of change--and that's my basic philosophy... Very sad.

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  2. So have to agree with you, Lorna. Enough is enough and I support the kids who are trying to change the world. It's our duty to stand with them and get gun control on the books.

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    1. So grateful for the courageous high school survivors who have stood up and spoken out. We need to earn their respect by making changes.

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  3. Your listing of each mass shooting makes the horror more vivid. But we can't give up hope. We can support those whose voices must be heard. Maybe now is the time.

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    1. This morning, I told Larry I simply couldn't find any hope. But watching "the helpers" as Mr. Rogers called them, my faith in humanity has been coming back.

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