What do you write the day after a white man (and yes, I do believe this is important to stress) kills at least 59 people and injures 500 more? With guns. With an arsenal of guns.
What do you write when your heart is broken? When you cannot understand how anyone, ANYONE can believe it is fundamental right of people to own weapons that can mow down that many human beings in minutes?
What do you say to your dad who has an NRA sticker on his truck window, to your Indian neighbors who are heaving a sigh of relief that the shooter wasn’t a person of color, to your daughter whose husband went to Afghanistan and Iraq for a country hell-bent on protecting Stephen Paddock’s right to bear arms but not his family’s right to healthcare?
Can we say ENOUGH?
Can we say ENOUGH to the oft-touted bullshit that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Of course, people kill people, but killing is much more efficient with guns. GUNS.
Can we say ENOUGH to a society that demands protection for gun rights, but refuses universal healthcare for its citizens.
Can we say ENOUGH to the NRA buying our politicians with their big pockets.
Can we say ENOUGH to a culture that demonizes people of color but willfully ignores the misogyny, machismo, and white supremacy that is the fertile growing ground for these mass killings.
Now is definitely the time to talk about this. Now is the time to politicize these deaths. We must.
Say ENOUGH! Please go to Everytown for Gun Safety. You can study the issues–did you know that Americans are 25 times more likely to be murdered by a gun that people in other developed countries? Did you know that between 2009 and 2016 there were 156 mass shootings and since June 12, 2016 when 49 people were shot and killed at an Orlando nightclub, there have been 521 mass shootings?
Let’s say ENOUGH.
Please visit Everytown for Gun Safety and take action right now.
as always, your ability to put my thoughts on your paper amazes me. Thank you.
thank you for reading. I am so tired of this shit. I know you are too. I appreciate your response. Sometimes it feels like I am writing into a void. Just having a person respond makes a huge difference.