I wrote about a young woman who tried to commit suicide by shooting herself in the face. She survived and received a face transplant. When she decided to reach for a gun and end her life, it was a moment, an impulse. She did not have suicidal thoughts before that time. I always think about her when I think about a moment in time, an impulse. Now, I keep this in mind when I think of others who have been affected by gun violence. Here is the title of an article I read this morning:
Zaveri, M. (2018, Oct. 13). Man Who Fired at Black Teenager Asking for Directions is Convicted. The New York Times.
Here are some excerpts from the article that again make me think that we need to protect ALL our vulnerable from our impulses, our moments in time:
- “He certainly wishes it didn’t happen,” Mr. Morad said on Saturday. “He wishes he didn’t go outside that day.”
- the April encounter happened so quickly that Mr. Zeigler did not have time to consider the boy’s race. “He just reacted and that was that,” Mr. Morad said.
- “She didn’t really give me a chance to speak a lot, and I was trying to tell her that I go to Rochester High and I was looking for directions,” Brennan said. “A few moments later the guy came downstairs, and he grabbed the shotgun.”
- Mr. Morad said that Mr. Zeigler was in a deep sleep that morning. He said that after Brennan rang the doorbell, Mr. Zeigler’s wife answered the door.
- Mr. Zeigler told Brennan to get off his property, and told his wife to call the police before going into a nearby room, grabbing the shotgun and returning, Mr. Morad said. That’s when Brennan fled.
Mr. Zeigler was asleep and reacted to someone at his door by firing a weapon at him. After I wake up from a deep sleep, I am often groggy and do not know what is going on for a few minutes. We need to be protected from our own impulses when we are not fully aware and we need to protect others from moments, impulses. We need more safety mechanisms on guns so it takes more than pulling a gun off a shelf and pulling a trigger. We need to know the person firing the weapon is completely aware of their environment. Locking mechanisms, biometrics, storage units that require a couple of minutes of thought to open would be helpful.
Once again, Make America Safe Again. Protect ALL our Vulnerable from Gun Violence. We should be able to knock on a door without getting shot at.