This used to only happen in movies, movies I didn't want to watch but Monday it happened again a twice daily event on average in the US Oddly, this shooter wrote a novel naming specific names for his victims, specific sites for his rampage he wrote about blame and how murder quenched his thirst Starting at Cheesman Park where my daughter and I had walked in her former neighborhood, the shooter proceeded down the street to murder a man in his apartment Oddly, too, that Cheesman Park was built over an unkept cemetery for paupers, where bones sometimes unearth themselves in that movie- sort-of-way because the headstones, not the bodies, were relocated My daughter has since moved to a suburb town where this killing spree ended just down the street from her new abode We live what we write, we write what we live. May I write not just about pretty snowfalls, intriguing moonscapes, embracing the unknown, may I listen to the whisper I don't want to hear saying, “Make this change happen, assault weapons have no place in a civilians’ hands” This right to bear arms does not uphold a well-regulated militia, it is not necessary for a free State, in fact, this distortion of the second amendment* is an antithesis of what is necessary to maintain a free State When will the day come when I speak out? I didn't last month when a boy killed his classmates just a few miles north of my house When will the day come when we insist on common sense gun laws that uphold the second amendment as it was written? When will the day come when children in schools are no longer killed in greater numbers than our soldiers? When? What if today is the day I need to take that first step?
While the US has the distinction of having more mass shootings than other countries, only 22% of Americans own a gun according to a 2016 investigation by Harvard-Northeastern, and half of all guns in the US are owned by only 3% of the population.
*Text of the second amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Top photo was taken at Cheesman Park in Denver, CO in 2019. Bottom photo is a CNN compilation of the four victims of the Oxford High shooting of December, 2021.