The oldest runs back to give me a kiss, the youngest turns and waves. I watch them walk with their daddy, heading to the bus stop. Will that be it – the last time they turn to say good-bye? Will today be the day that someone fires into their school and preschool? If a gunman bursts into their classroom, will they be able to hide in time? Will a patient or visitor at the hospital where my husband works begin shooting in the cafeteria while he eats?
Yesterday morning, while I was groggily pouring cereal and packing lunch, less than two hours away other mothers’ children were gunned down. Mercilessly. I keep thinking of seeing the back of Alison Parker’s wedge heels as she tried to run away.
I bet Alison and Adam Ward’s mothers feel like I do, that their children are the very best of themselves and their fathers, mixed with their own star dust and bright sunshine, shining so brightly.
I live in terror of their light being snuffed out.
“The fact that 20 six year olds were gunned down in the most violent fashion possible, and [Washington, D.C.] couldn’t do anything about it, was stunning to me… A lot of people will say, well this is a mental health problem. It’s not a gun problem. The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people. It’s not the only country that has psychosis. And yet we kill each other in these mass shootings at rates that are exponentially higher than any place else. What’s the difference? The difference is that these guys can stack up a bunch of ammunition in their houses and that’s par for the course. The country has to do some soul-searching about this. This is becoming the norm.”
– President Barack Obama, June 2014
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