When a tragedy occurs, it affects our heart forever. I'm sure everyone who lived through it -- can state exactly what they were doing, where they were, and how they felt during events such as: 9/11, President Kennedy's shooting, John Lennon's shooting, the Columbine shooting, and the list goes on.
We cannot compare tragedies. We can't say "This was worse than the other". (in my opinion). A tragedy is a tragedy. And today we experienced one in our country. This specific one was close to my heart. So, I feel the need to write about it.
Today was the 1st day Ryan and I entered our "political careers". We are both running to be Precinct Committee members in our district -- and this morning we attended our 1st meeting. During the middle of the meeting, a woman entered the room - shooken up - stating that a shooting had occured less than one mile from where our meeting was being held.
A House of Representative Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was speaking at an event in my neighborhood at a grocery store. The event is called "Congress on your Corner". A great, empowering, event where our congresswoman speaks about issues and recieves input from the citizens. This is supposed to be a safe place for involved citizens can commune to be involved in our democracy.
In the midst of this meeting, a shooter broke out.
Our Congresswoman was shot in the head, along with many others. 18 people were injured. So far 4 have died.
4 people have died. 18 injured. All innocent people. One of the victims a 9-year-old child.
The shooter was a 22-year-old man. One who had been putting leaks out on social media (i.e. You Tube, Twitter, MySpace) all week that something was going to happen. He was a student who was bullied through high school. He was clearly a very disturbed young man. Nearly 30 rounds were fired out of his handgun. How chilling and terrifying.
Right now, as I have been glued to the news stations all day, I am paralyzed. --Just speechless. This is a moment where political affiliation does not matter. Right wing, left wing -- throw it out the door at this point. Innocent lives were taken and affected today. And their lives will never be the same. Freedom, justice, and faith has been compromised.
I understand people may have differing opinions, views, etc -- but to take someone's life? No one has the "power" to choose that.
I am deeply saddened by the state that our world has come to. This is not an "Arizona" problem, or a "Tucson" problem. It is a problem of humanity -- that prooves violence is increasing in our world -- and it needs to stop. So today I focus my prayers on peace.