I had my next post typed out but after yesterday I’ve decided to talk a little bit on what is happening in my home state of Colorado right now. If you live in the states I’m sure you heard about it. A man walked into a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado and shot 10 people including Officer Eric Talley of the Boulder PD, who was the first to arrive at the scene.
This is the second mass shooting that’s hit media coverage in less than a week. As Atlanta grapples with their own tragedy, Colorado now joins the grieving country. This will likely spark debates on gun control and mental health (hopefully it won’t be used as an excuse for murder), but there’s more to this than just arguing over who should own a gun and who shouldn’t.
We should be actively engaging in conversation in our communities. We can research and learn about what to do in these situations and teaching our kids how to react. We can reach out and offer help to victims of mass shootings.
And may we never forget the lives that were lost.
Denny Strong, 20
Neven Stanisic, 23
Rikki Olds, 25
Tralona Bartkowiak, 49
Suzanne Fountain, 59
Teri Leiker, 51
Kevin Mahoney, 61
Lynn Murray, 62
Jody Waters, 65
Officer Eric Talley, 51
And let us remember the victims that are alive today. The grocery store employees, the ones who were able to escape, and the police officers that had to watch their colleague die. They have to live with that trauma for the rest of their lives.
Let’s pray for the Boulder community today as they mourn for their loved ones. We stand with them through this tragedy. Let those who were lost rest in peace. And may the victims who survived get the help that they need.