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  • I've been holding my tongue for days now, unsure how to feel. I've been watching the BBC instead of the US mainstream media, and have gone dark on Facebook. Until today. Today I had enough.

    I watched friends share facts and infographics on the lack of gun control in our country, while other friends reminded us that guns don't kill people, people do. I grew hopeful as the conversation turned towards mental health, then hung my head when the author of a well-written article about what it's like to parent a troubled, sometimes violent boy was personally attacked and discredited. I read a blog post shared by a Christian friend in which her pastor warned that "...God allows pain and heartache to happen to nations who have decided that it is an offense to even utter God’s name in public places."

    ENOUGH!

    There was no ONE cause of Friday's tragedy. It didn't happen because we don't have better gun control. It didn't happen because we don't have enough mental health services. It didn't happen because not enough people have God in their life. Or rather, it did happen for ALL these reasons as well as for so many more that we'll never know.

    So instead of bickering with words, memes and quotes on Facebook, why not assume we're all right? Think what we could do if we used our energy to divide and conquer rather than divide and opine. We could get better gun control that still allows people to hunt and defend themselves, just not with military-grade guns. We could get better mental health services and facilities, because we sure as hell need it and neither state or fed. governments have it on their radar. We could get more people to pray, but only if they want to.

    My point is this: do your thing, I'll do mine, which may or may not be the same, and if you still want to bicker, let's bicker over whose tangible accomplishments are working.
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