Locked Down

As true today as it was when I first posted this blog, on July 25, 2013. Gun related violence isn’t going away. In fact, we have even more of a pressing need to ask the tough questions to solve this epidemic. Let’s work together to keep our children safe.

Nine Cent Girl

tumblr_mqhzi8AQyp1rbhtdeo1_500This morning the radio clicked on at 6:00 am, and as my spouse and I usually do after hearing the morning headlines, we both reached for our iPhones to check emails, texts, Facebook statuses and Twitter feeds. Yes, we like a broad picture of the wide world beyond our valley vista before feet hit the solid ground. What stayed with me was an emotional Facebook status posted by a strong and smart young mother: “Sometimes I lay awake at night and I think about that guy shooting all of those innocent babies in an elementary school…….and there is not a damn thing anyone can do about it, then, now, or ever.” As I laced up to head out for a morning run I wondered how many other mothers feel the same today, in mid-July…feel that crippling powerlessness parents all over our country feel every time they wave goodbye…

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Locked Down

tumblr_mqhzi8AQyp1rbhtdeo1_500This morning the radio clicked on at 6:00 am, and as my spouse and I usually do after hearing the morning headlines, we both reached for our iPhones to check emails, texts, Facebook statuses and Twitter feeds. Yes, we like a broad picture of the wide world beyond our valley vista before feet hit the solid ground. What stayed with me was an emotional Facebook status posted by a strong and smart young mother: “Sometimes I lay awake at night and I think about that guy shooting all of those innocent babies in an elementary school…….and there is not a damn thing anyone can do about it, then, now, or ever.” As I laced up to head out for a morning run I wondered how many other mothers feel the same today, in mid-July…feel that crippling powerlessness parents all over our country feel every time they wave goodbye and watch the yellow school bus pull away with their child…

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Guns Down Day*

alec-trayvonLike most of the plugged-in world, I awaited news of the Zimmerman verdict. At first I was stunned by his acquittal, then sickened, and like all such shocks, that bitter emotion lodged itself into my fiber and I felt an ache all over. I followed the trial coverage peripherally due to my naive sense this would be an easy decision; after all Zimmerman was found standing over Trayvon’s lifeless body, smoking gun in hand, and volunteered his confession of murder. It is only in the aftermath of the shameful verdict that I became aware of the NRA’s role and Florida’s ALEC funded  “Stand Your Ground” law in this case.

I am not 100% sure what I can offer the conversation that is erupting all over our social media from Twitter feeds to the New York Times, but I am haunted by the words of Elie Wiesel, “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” Perhaps it is time, even for non-politicos like me, to join the sticky and uncomfortable conversation about guns and violence and just talk about how our children might stay safe enough to grow up.

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