As we walked out of the movie Mustang (great flick) this weekend, like everyone these days, we checked our phones. We are off the grid for only two hours and there is another shooting. We can not become numb to this.
Depending on where you live in this country has a lot to do with what you believe our guns law should be. I don’t believe people in NYC should be walking around with guns. I actually don’t believe anyone should be walking around with guns. We do not live in the wild wild west anymore. Yet people who live in super rural areas do feel a need to own a firearm. Certainly everyone should have to go through a rigorous process before just being able to get a gun yet it doesn’t seem to work like that.
There has been so many conversations that I have participated in when it comes to gun control. Should we raise the price of ammo so high that it becomes hard to obtain? How do you defeat the NRA? I could go on and on but why bother.
One thing that I’d like to propose to all media outlets is to start writing about the aftermath. Write about it daily and don’t stop. New York Times, WSJ, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and new media channels from Vox to HuffPo. We read with dismay about another shooting and then a few days later that tragedy has left the front page. Let’s know what happened to the family that lost their child, their parent or the pain that they might experience daily because luckily they survived. Not just a week later but years on end. Nobody talks about the aftermath of a tragedy and how it affects a family. When one person dies tragically it changes an entire dynamic of a family. It leaves unanswered questions, it leaves anger, it leaves guilt not only to the adults but it wreaks havoc on children.
The whole notion that if each of the people who are killed in a mass shooting from Paris to Beirut to Colorado State had a gun on them that they would have somehow survived and taken out the shooter in glory might only work in the movies.
I am not a journalist. I’m asking that journalists begin to research and write these stories. Write them often. Don’t stop. Let’s just hope that reading these heartbreaking tales of tragedies that shouldn’t have happened will start to bleed into American’s hearts and minds and as a group we will begin to say “enough is enough”.