I usually write about happy things like makeup and fashion but in the wake of yet more gun violence, I simply cannot post a blog about what I intended to write about tonight. Again, gun violence has occurred in the U.S. As of right now, all we know is the man, Esteban Santiago, checked his legal gun in his carry-on bag, went to the bathroom, then opened fire in Terminal 2 killing 5 people and injuring many others. Luckily, he stopped shooting and the police were able to arrest him and he is now being questioned so hopefully the public will be able to find out his potential motives. (All of my information is from WCVB Channel 5 and CNN).
Gun violence, terrorism (if applicable to this case), bombings, mass killings, they haven’t stopped! After every tragedy, we say the same thing “We need to do something!” “Things need to change!” When are we going to stop saying and start doing? The violence in our world isn’t stopping anytime soon unless we, human beings, do something about it. Obviously, security has been improved greatly since the 9/11/2001 attacks but if this man was able to carry on his legal, checked gun… How are we going to stop the madness? CNN reported that Mr. Santiago had been reported to the FBI because of his recent odd talk and behavior. They knew that he wasn’t okay and that he needed some extra watching. So why was he allowed to check his gun? Yes, it was legal and he had his permit, but if his name was in with the FBI, wouldn’t you think that security would say something? Potentially do something about it? Could this all have potentially been avoided?
The gun laws in America, in my opinion, need to change. There are too many innocent people dying due to illegal guns, or guns belonging to people who shouldn’t own them. All I can think of is, “How would I be feeling at this very moment if I knew my dad was in that terminal coming home from a business trip and finding out that a man opened fire?” It’s a scary, scary thought.
Tonight, 5 families have lost a loved one, many more families, within the next few days, could also experience loss, or in the better case scenario, have a seriously injured son, daughter, mother, father, aunt, uncle, cousin, grandmother or grandfather. We need to do something now to protect our people. We need to save lives and actually start to prevent incidents like this from happening again. It needs to end.
My thoughts, prayers, and love are with the families of the victims, and with all Americans, and Canadians who have lost a loved one or are currently fighting for their lives. Tonight, know you are not alone.
If you are fortunate enough not to have a family member or friend affected by this tragedy tonight, call your parents and tell them you love them, hug your kids and spouse/partner a little harder tonight. You never know when it will be the last time you will do that.
Godspeed and I will talk to you all next week with a cheerier post.