The trouble with waiting to have this conversation until moments like this is that then we are attempting to communicate from our rawest, most frightened, angriest place.
The trouble with not having conversations in moments like this is that we don't have them.
This conversation surrounding this issue- which causes heightened emotion on both sides- has been set and dictated by the gun lobby (who don't care about guns or safety or mental health or us.)
I want to see us take back the conversation from those seeking to profit from our understandable fear.
We can find common ground and stand on it together.
I'll go first: I respect your right as a gun owner and am not trying to take it away.
What I'm hoping you will say back: I find the trend of mass shootings involving semi-automatic and automatic rifles disturbing and I support gun control which seeks a common sense solution.
Next: we call our representatives and give them the support they need to stand up to the gun lobby; we take this first step to making ourselves safer together.
We can protect each other with something other than bullets.
I am happy to hear your suggestions, but only if they involve change- I refuse to give complacency the dignity of calling it "insanity". What is your suggestion for #change?
Please consider that the angriest commentators here may not be real people and, in the light of that possibility, choose whether you want to spend your energy getting angry back at them or if you might instead pick up the phone and call your elected representative.