My heart aches. It seems impossible but these events continue to happen. Day after day the news is filled with stories of needless violence and the death of innocents. Society gasps and offers a moment of silence but since it does not affect them directly, they go on with their life after offering encouraging words. It is a vicious cycle and that is where we find ourselves. During my morning routine, I listen to a radio show. They are usually comic and upbeat. Today they paused for a moment to talk about the shooting yesterday in Texas. They mentioned that today is the 144th day of the year but there have been over 200 mass shootings this calendar year.
How do we respond to this? Do we as society recognize that action is needed? Does it matter what action we take as long as we act? Obviously offering our sympathies and having a moment of silence is not fixing the issue. Gun control may not be the answer. Creating access to care for mental health may not be the solution. It is incumbent on society to seek a solution proactively and no longer wait for one to present itself.
Violence begets violence and hate begets hate. Educating society to respect the views of those with whom they disagree seems simple but must be a key. Learning to accept that viewpoint is a lot more palatable than tip toeing through life in fear. At least, it is a starting point. We need action. We should demand action and change. We deserve it. We owe it to the children who lost their lives to useless violence.