An Open Letter To Survivors of Gun Violence
Note: Our friend, Boundless in the Midwest, wrote this about the Orlando shooting, which happened in June of 2016. We are publishing it now with the grim acknowledgement that it is just as timely today.
Our hearts are saddened. I know this event just happened and you’re trying to make sense of it. You can’t. Crazy people have been doing senseless stuff like this since time began. Whether it was the Romans massacring Jewish people or terrorists flying planes in buildings, they want attention and to force their opinions or religious beliefs on the rest of us.
My heart goes out to you and I cannot fathom the living hell and agony you are experiencing.
It is a sad fact that bad things happen to good people, and no matter what laws are in place you cannot prevent every crazy person from getting their hands on weapons. Yes as I watch the news, I know the attacker’s name. I will never say it because he sought attention for himself and his cause. Do not make him immortal in the annals of history. It is only a minor victory when you refuse to say the name of a attacker like this. Sometimes little victories are the only ones we can create.
Tragedies like this are twofold as we will be soon at each others throats over who’s fault it is and how can we prevent this from happening again. This is a sad fact. We want somebody to hurt as bad as we hurt. We want somebody to pay for making us fearful and for showing just how fragile life is. When we have no one to punish, we turn on each other. We verbally attack somebody who thinks differently then we do. We miss the irony that it was a difference in opinions on how people should live that caused a crazy person to attack to begin with.
We as a society try to create something positive out of something negative. Sometimes it’s just not possible. I hope I am wrong in this case.
It is my hope the two major political parties will take the high ground and not try to make the victims suffer more by using them and their families as political props.
We live in a world where terrible things happen. The best we can do is to be a light in somebody’s darkness.