The Right to Bear Harms

My heart goes out to the families in Connecticut and Oregon who have lost their children and loved ones this week.

I was already going to write about gun violence today. I was going to tell the story of my father’s death.

Today was my first day as a volunteer with Ceasefire Oregon, a local group working to reduce gun violence. I joined them at our state capitol to talk to legislators about banning semi-automatic weapons.

It was there that we saw the news about the shooting in Connecticut. All those children! Lost forever!

This is my story:

I am not an employee, representative, or in any way getting remunerated to share this message. These are my thoughts, and my words alone.

Nobody has the right to bear this harm.

We all have the responsibility to end these harms.

It will take efforts on many fronts, including the community, churches, and mental health. But we’ve got to make it harder for troubled people to get their hands on guns, and we’ve got to make it harder for kids to accidentally shoot each other, and we’ve got to make it harder for kids to access to their family’s guns and kill themselves.

What will you do to help?

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14 thoughts on “The Right to Bear Harms

  1. I had read this before Kylie, and I did not know what to say, which is why I did not comment at the time. I am not an activist, so I am maybe somewhat ashamed because I do nothing, where in contrast, you are so vocal and so active in your fight against semi-automatic guns. Anyway, no need to comment back, just wanted you to know that I am so sorry for what happened to your Dad.

  2. This took a lot of courage, Kylie. I’m sorry for your loss, too. I’m saddened and angry, really, about guns in this country. Thanks for speaking your mind. It is up to all of us to seek a change.

  3. It is ironic that you were at the Capitol when all this unfolded. CLEARLY, you have been given a very special mission that was made for you. If anyone can start this, it is you Kylie. Keep up the love and compassion and supporters will follow 🙂

  4. Such a horrible tragedy today. My heart aches. And I’m sorry you had to experience your loss. We really need to take action in this country. It’s not only about gun control but also about better access to mental health treatment and resources. Such a sad, sad day.

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