On Nov. 1, 2017, a man opened fire at random inside a Walmart in Thornton, CO, killing three people. This one hit home for me. This city is next to my hometown. I’ve been to this exact Walmart before. I’ve spent so much of my life in that city, and I have so many friends there.
Three people died that night. Three innocent people buying groceries were murdered. At what point does it end? When are we going to be fed up enough with people dying that we finally decide to make a change? It’s easy to just tune things out and forget that they are happening when it doesn’t affect you. These people died at a Walmart. They were killed doing something that everyone does, yet people still act like it’s not a problem.
We sit on our hands and do nothing. These people, and hundreds of others who have been murdered for no reason, died in vain. Their deaths won’t ever manage to wake America up. We won’t suddenly realize that this is a problem.
Which shooting is going to be enough? The next one? Or maybe the one after that? Or maybe the one after that. These shootings are going to keep happening. What death toll are you OK with? How many more times are we going to have to tell a family that someone they love was killed for no reason? How many times are you OK with this happening?
America, take note of Colorado. We need to be better. We need to put the gun-control debate aside and look at ourselves. Before those bodies were even moved — before the families of the victims were even told they lost someone — we took to the social media sphere and cast blame. Blame was cast on political parties. It was called terrorism. It was said to be an organized attack or conspiracy, that the Russians were involved. Every time this happens we are quick to spread lies and opinions about what it might be.
We need to stop doing this. When tragedies happen, we need to let people do their jobs. We need to get as much of the story as possible before we start casting blame. It’s sad to see these tragedies happen. And it’s sad to see our response.