This post first appeared on Adam Gibgot’s Facebook page. Reprinted by permission.
I feel blessed to have friends who are as motivated and connected as this group. I hear so many people all over the world talking about how heartbroken they are, as I am, and yet I am also encouraged by this particular group’s ability and willingness to do something about it. We can write about it, produce it, report on it, photograph it, draw it, hire it and fire it and lobby about it and vote on it and find meaningful humor in it and yes kneel because of it and gift it in the form of knowledge to our children so one day they too can do the same with their children and maybe down the road the heartbreak will be a distant memory like some remnant of human evolution on which we can all reflect back and say, “look who we once were versus who we now are.”
There are groups who can do only some of these things or even none of these things, but this group right here – many of you reading this – are longtime members of the take action club. I just spent the morning working on letters to key congressional leaders and senators (i.e., Kevin McCarthy, R-California), offering sensible arguments in favor of gun control, because what happened in Vegas will not stay in Vegas. I like writing letters, always have. That’s what I do. That, and teach my kids what it means to be a hero by doing the little things like being kind to someone for no reason at all. I wish we lived in an inherently better world. I wish we could all reach even higher, and either be or help the heroes of our generation in some small way.
Because this Vegas massacre is not “the price of freedom.” It is the heartbreaking cost of passive madness. I would love for this post to serve not as a call to action (because I know most of you already have taken action) but rather as a request for inspiration. Share with us what you are doing, or intend to do, about anything in this world that breaks your heart. Even if it’s just the birth of a thought in your mind, or the final steps of a lifelong plan. Or even just a repost so someone else in some other group is inspired to share the same. Please help move us with your ideas, because that’s where it all begins. Ideas put a man on the moon before we even had personal computers. Ideas helped elect our nation’s first black president, a monumental accomplishment for our country with its undeniable past and regardless of your political persuasion. We still have such a long and daunting way to go. But it is a ride worth taking and I am inspired to be on it with each of you. AG
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