Thinking back to December 14, 2012 I could tell you exactly where I was when I heard the news.
I was at physical therapy on the second elliptical from the end when the “Breaking News” bar shot across the TV. “Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting” scrolled across the screen with live video footage of teachers and children being directed out of the school holding hands while officers pointed them to a safer location.
This was almost seven years ago and I still remember the insignificant details of that fateful day.
To be completely honest I couldn’t tell you where I was, what I was doing, or even the date that the last mass shooting took place.
It’s not my memory fading, it’s the frequency of these awful events that we as a society are recognizing as normal.
While watching the news one evening I read the headline “Mass Shooting America.” The entire news broadcast was dedicated to the victims of both the El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio massacres. I honestly just hit mute and continued with my evening.
I told myself I didn’t want to hear it anymore. I told myself that if I shut it out it wouldn’t impact me. I was wrong. I still feel the pain and frustration that the grief brings.
With so many mass shootings in recent weeks it is hard to know what to do. It is important that we as a nation do not become numb to these events and continue to speak up.
Do not forget the feeling of watching those names come across the screen and use those emotions to stand up for not only yourself, but others and our country as a whole.