Abby Zimet: Kids Are Begging, Begging, Begging For Their Lives
The shooting at Nashville’s Covenant School, which killed three kids and three adults, was one of 103 mass shootings already recorded this year; of those, 90 were school shootings.
Baron Wormser: Active Shooter
He could see something was out of whack.
Abby Zimet: Please Hurry, There’s A Lot of Dead Bodies. This Is Not Normal
Today in America, “The number one killer of children is guns.”
Nancy Krygowski: “Here’s a Partial List of Mass Shootings in the United States So Far This Year”
Here’s the full list of the people the murdered have kissed.
Here’s a pair of slippers made of birds’ beaks, ear plugs made of screams.
Fred Everett Maus: Listening to Bach, Three Days after a Shooting
It’s quiet in the room where I am writing.
Bright afternoon sun flows in, oblique,
glorious light in these days of mourning,
perfection pouring down on a shattered world.
Valarie Kaur: Forgiveness
Forgiveness was not a substitute for justice; it had energized us in the
fight for justice.
Matthew J. Parker: MMPI-5
It’s obvious to all (or damn well should be) that the background checks designed to prevent criminals and/or deeply disturbed individuals from purchasing weapons are pathetically deficient.
Derrick Z. Jackson: Scientists and Public Health Professionals Are Mobilizing Against Gun Violence
A report this spring by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health University said the nation has lost 1,357,000 victims to firearms in the last 40 years. That exceeds the number of soldiers killed in all the wars in which the United States has fought.
Anne C. Fowler: Talking with the Other￼
The opportunity to spend vast expanses of time talking with people with whom you strongly disagree, about the very issue you disagree on, is an unusual privilege, I would even say, a luxury.
Andrea Germanos: 4th Grader Who Survived Uvalde Massacre Testifies How Shooter Told Teacher ‘Good Night’ Before Killing Her
Asked if she thought such a shooting was going to happen again at her school, Miah Cerrillo quietly nodded her head.
Michael Simms: Uvalde
The swelling and collapsing
Of a small promise more
Tentative than we knew
Baron Wormser: The Mythos of the Gun ￼
Beneath the easy-going, have-a-nice day American exterior is some serious anti-social feeling that does not wish anyone who is somehow different a nice day, that wishes them a bad day, a you-shouldn’t-exist day, an I-would-kill-you-if-I-could day.
Richard Hoffman: Uvalde, TX, 5/24/2022
That his dead
bringing him home.
Lisa Arrastia: Letter to My Student Teachers on a Day of Yet Another School Mass Shooting in America
While some will call for greater discipline, more resource officers, and paying for “threat assessments,” I will call for love and uplift you, the teachers in public pre-k-12 schools.