I published the following post on Facebook yesterday and with some addendum I put it out today on this blog.
How do we switch, so quickly, from acknowledging the tragedy that happened in Florida, to our everyday lives, or to watching the Olympics or enjoying a family gathering or doing homework or preparing dinner? It’s an unreal transition.
The school shooting in Florida in which so many innocents were taken from us so quickly and so violently is only the latest incident. Eighteen school incidents so far this year alone. We learn about them, we cry, we shake our heads, and then after we are informed, we try to get on with our lives. It’s not easy; it is surreal, it is almost immoral to try.
I have lost a child and a spouse. Not to the violence of guns and hate, but to the insidious debilitation of cancer. I had time to say goodbye. The parents of Florida’s victims did not. A kiss, a hug, an uttered “I love you,” said in haste as the front door closed will never be enough. Rapid goodbyes with death as an ending will never have closure.
The resulting emptiness of loss, the righteous anger, the wailed questions of why, the flowing wet tears will eventually decrease, but the lingering dry tears of the heart will last for years.
When children kill other children; it is an adult social pathogen that has infected them. We need to fix it.
All of us need to fix it. The gun-rights people, Congress, parents, students, liberals, conservatives, independent, the religious, wall-street, businesses, The President, everybody. It is time. Do not let it pass into yesterday’s or last week’s news, do not wait for the mourning to stop, it won’t, NOW IS THE TIME.