Over the past 17 years we have had our daily lives turned upside down on a much too regular basis.
On April 20, 1999 we were devastated at the death of 13 people at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. The first of many shootings that would devastate so many. Or I should say first one that hit us all at once.
In my area we have also experienced tragedy. In 2008 a mentally ill man went on a shooting spree and killed 6 people including a Sheriff Deputy. This event was very devastating to so many, as living in a smaller community those killed were deeply engrained in the community. I will never forget that day as I could not figure out why there was a steady stream of Police agency cars on the freeway with lights and sirens blaring. Many families lives were forever changed.
On October 24th 2015 5 students were shot at Marysville High School, so very tragic and again devastated many lives. Young lives were cut short, and many others were forever changed. This brought the devastation to our small area once again.
Since then we have witnessed many events all across America, with heavy hearts we feel for those affected. We say to ourselves, so thankful that type of thing does not happen in my backyard.
Last night it did happen, On a Friday night at 7:00 pm a shooter went in to a Local Mall and shot and killed 5 people. At this time the community does not know the names of all the victims. We all wait holding our breath praying for those families that have been devastated. These are just a few of the very tragic events involving senseless shootings happening all too often.
When word goes out of such a tragedy we all start reaching out to our family and friends and make sure everyone is safe. Our hearts break for those that did not hear from their loved ones, knowing their pain is unbearable, never to be the same again.
The question I leave you with….. How do we prepare for such events?