Photo from NPR article linked to below, from Getty images
A few months ago, with the church shooting outside of San Antonio, I asked a question about what would happen if we focused on the victims instead of the perpetrator.
Well, thank you NPR–it’s a start.
This is the point. This is the result. And I don’t care how the shooter feels about this now. These threads of life that were cut short were people. Kids, mostly, still learning and full of potential.
And in the ring are two fighters: one for and one against guns/gun control. But they’ll stay in the corners and build walls, because that’s what always freaking happens.
But before that, keep something more important in mind: Life itself. Lives.
This senselessness is the point.
These people mattered. They still matter. They don’t just go away because the headlines do.
And this is the damned point, because “thoughts and prayers” is the most platitude-laden, bullshit, throwaway line our leaders can tweet or say before they move on to something else.