Written by Dr. Perry, PhD
Image Credit: MakeItUltra™
Location: Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
This past week was another difficult one. Wildfires are ravaging California again. My parents had to evacuate their home, but thankfully they are safe. So much has been going on that I have had little time to process the recent shooting. On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, there was another senseless mass shooting. This one was close to home, literally. I grew up 10 minutes from Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. I attended a school nearby, Cal Lutheran University, for my Master’s degree and this was a place where I would regularly hang out with friends. I have many fond memories of this place that have now been forever altered. I cannot think of Borderline without thinking of all the innocent victims of this shooting. The 12 who died, the countless injured and their families will forever take the place of what were once happy memories. I cannot imagine the horror they experienced; shocked out of happiness by the sound of gunshots. It is just too horrific to put into words.
It was especially painful to hear that among the 12 killed there was a young man who had survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas that took place last year on October 1, 2017. Again, it was just too close to home. Among the 58 people that were shot and killed in Las Vegas, was my friend Chris. I wrote about Chris and decided to remove the post. It is too painful and personal to share.
There is a huge problem in our country. USA Today reported the statistic that there have been 307 mass shootings in 311 days. Think about that statistic. It’s shocking. I can humbly say that I have no idea how to even begin to tackle this problem. I hear different points of view and each has merit. I will leave this to the politicians to fight over.
I am not taking a stance on gun control. That is a personal issue that each and every one of you must look into your conscience and decide what is right for you. This is also not a post about the shooter who may have been mentally ill. There is a crisis in our country regarding the mentally ill, but this is not a post about this issue. This is not a political post. This post is simply written by one human being to another expressing my pain at the incomprehensible actions that are taken by some.
I want to send my prayers to all of the people that have been affected by gun violence, but perhaps this is not enough. I am quoting the mother of the young man who survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas only to encounter and die in another mass shooting, “I don’t want prayers, I don’t want thoughts, I want gun control.” I also want to thank all the brave firefighters who put their lives on the line every time there is another wildfire. I am grateful for my life and will continue to dedicate myself to helping others and sharing positivity.
Please note, no political or divisive comments will be allowed.