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Today I woke up to the growing news of the worst mass shooting in American history. In the past, we the people would have joined hands and mourned for our loss. We’d give flowers, make phone calls, wrap our wounds. Today, with an ongoing presidential election, we did none of those things. We’ve been so caught up with our own political affiliations we forgot to stop and breathe.
Fifty Americans were lost this morning and we chose sides. As I scroll through Twitter and Facebook, I find my friends preaching more gun control, more guns, or just an end to the madness. I admit, in the past, if such a tragedy were to occur I would’ve jumped in. I would’ve called for the ban on assault weapons or more extensive gun licensing processes, but where has that gotten us? Today, our government, whether it be Republican or Democrat, is so locked that we can’t move forward to make progress. We just yell and start fights. We have gotten nowhere. Whether the solution is less guns or more, we’ll never know because we don’t do anything to solve the problems in this country, we just continue to separate ourselves.
Today, please set aside your differences, send love not hate, hold hands, and hug your family. If we don’t want to repeat history, we must first come together as a country, unified in love, not divided by hate. Solidarité.