As a society, have we come to clicking on the little yellow angry face - or the sad face - as our "response" to harrowing details about a school shooting? And that's it? A friend posted an ABC news story about 15 year-old Bailey Holt who called her mother, and with the sounds of chaos in the background, was on the phone with her AS SHE DIED from her gun shot wound(s). I CAN'T FIND WORDS to comment that give any type of justice to the horror in the information in that post. Sobs? I can find. But words? None. And clicking on the "bad end" of Facebook's emoji Likert scale to represent my feelings is wildly incommensurate. It makes sense that this happens though, because our reaction as a people has been wildly incommensurate to the gravity of what is happening across this country (see photo inset).
Why don't more people get involved in this issue - whether you feel its a gun issue, a mental health issue, a school safety issue, a bullying issue - I am screaming for more people to imagine themselves in that mother's shoes right now. PLEASE. Donate. Give your time. Give your attention. Give more than the second it takes to choose one of five f*&cking emoji faces!
There are SO many things you can do to make an impact. Some involve money. Some involve simply making a phone call. Some involve having repeated conversations with your children. Some involve asking questions and being persistent with your kids' school administrators. Isn't it worth it if you and your children are safer after you make that effort? Or would you rather start caring enough to act after a horrific preventable death hits home?
Ways to Get Involved
More gun violence stats: http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/
Katie E. Boyle, MPH
I'm a mom, wife, CEO, campaigner ENFP, -A/-T personality, natural products manufacturer and lover of stars, wine, sweatpants and snuggles. Ideas for days.