No place for politics
I am a resident of Douglas County and I’m proud of our community. However I am disappointed in the reception myself and other survivors of gun violence, including STEM parents and a mother that lost her son to homicide, received from our county commissioners at their board meeting on Jan. 28.
While we were asking for the recognition of Gun Violence Survivors week, we were met with partisan talking points. Seemingly unrelated in his closing statement, Commissioner Laydon stated he wanted to recognize the hero in the Texas church shooting on Dec. 29. I come from a military family with history of hunting, and I also support common-sense laws. Yet, I certainly was not in attendance to ask for a debate on legislation that day. I was there to honor my 10-year-old neighbor that was fatally shot by his father. I find it upsetting that a commissioner would stand on the backs of constituents that have lost, or were threatened to lose, love ones and turn it into a moment of political division.
I think we can do better and find commonality. In 2018, our community lost more lives to suicide by firearms than accidental traffic deaths. Gun violence has an extensive cost mentally, socially and financially to families and communities. Why can’t we recognize these facts and, most importantly, those we have suddenly and tragically lost?
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