After waking up to the news of another mass shooting this week, I fully intended to use this space to write my reaction to the news, and my thoughts about the inaction of our representatives to take serious steps to curb gun violence in our country. But every time I started to type the words, I stuttered, not quite ready to channel raw emotion into coherent words.
And then I realized that was the problem. Words, on their own, are no better than the empty “thoughts and prayers” offered to victims of gun violence as a worthless substitute for effecting real change to prevent senseless bloodshed.
So I will use my words to take action. I will write to my representatives and I will speak to their staff. I will tell anyone who will listen, and even those that won’t, that I’ve studied the Constitution and nothing about it enshrines a privilege to amass a cache of weapons or a right to kill.
One day I will be able to articulate exactly how it felt to wake up and see the cascading alerts on my phone, blaring the news of another tragedy, but in the meantime, I will use words as a catalyst for change. Will you join me?