I’m just letting you know, for a second, that you’re not alone. There’s more of us out here who get it. And when you have a second to breathe by yourself again, come find us. We’ll be waiting for you with open arms. We’ll walk you through.
A friend of mine requested that I write about this topic, and after seeing a video that's been circulating my social media lately, I decided it was time. When you are a shooting survivor, there are certain things that are hard to see in your feed. At least, there are for me, and I've heard the …
Trigger Warning: Mass shootings, gun violence, graphic depictions of violence. I wrote this poem in response to the talk about the Pulse Orlando shooting being a terror attack because it was perpetrated by "possibly a Muslim". As a shooting survivor, I have a lot of feelings about that. Do not tell me what is a …
This is my town. These are my people. My neighborhood. And I'm doing something like this because I believe in it. I have never been a person to just believe in something without putting action to my beliefs. This is my way to say, to myself and my community - "You are safe here. We're here with you."
In light of both of the recent shootings here in Colorado Springs, I think it is important for the community to know how victims are impacted, and how to move forward.
I've heard so many stories in the past 2 weeks. Stories that I am honored to carry, and that you can go read in the comments of my blog. I've had amazing conversations with people I would have called "the enemy", had I continued to react out of pain. At this point, that means much more to me than being right. I don't want to be on the "right" side of this discussion. I want to truly meet people and hear their heart.
I write you this letter so that you can see the face of a survivor. I write you this letter as someone who saw with my own eyes the horror of a mass shooting, a shooting that took the lives of my twin and younger sisters and injured my father in December 2007. And most importantly I write this letter to open a dialogue about the role that gun violence has played in our country.