I don’t want to write about shootings anymore.
I don’t want to “Look for the helpers.” I don’t want to try to find some evidence of a higher power in the bloodstains. I don’t want to discuss the validity of sending thoughts and prayers in the wake of yet another shooting. I don’t want to turn to religious texts to find words of wisdom or comfort. I don’t want to mark another set of yartzeits. I don’t want to have to include the victims of gun violence in our prayers for healing. I don’t want our outrage to be misconstrued as “politicizing. “
I don’t want the names of people with loves, dreams, families, and ambitions to be lined up and listed as “Victims.” I don’t want to get into arguments where solutions are never actually considered. I don’t want to believe that we can only have circular arguments with no answers.
I don’t want gun violence to take one more life. I don’t want to write about shootings anymore. The dead can’t hear us and the living refuse to.
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