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?