Just One Minute A Day Dedicated To #Parkland. Are You In?

Posted on February 23, 2018

Yes, I’m here to talk about the shooting in Parkland, Florida, last week. I know everyone has heard enough gut-wrenching details about this unwarranted loss of 17 children and teachers whose faces their family and friends will never see again.  That’s not to mention the 14 injured who will have to live the rest of their lives wondering “why not me?” Hopefully they’ll someday find healing in the gratitude of being alive to live a life that can never be the same after experiencing such trauma at a young age.

Listening to the media coverage, it is clear that this “gunman” or “shooter” —as they referred to him before his name was released—was facing a deep-rooted mental illness for a few years. Police records show a slew of calls that they made to his home for various incidents that suggested that he was not just a threat to the public but also to himself. Clearly, the system failed us yet again.

  • Yes, he should have been treated and the authorities should have responded mindfully and appropriately during the several opportunities that they had.
  • Yes, we need more gun control in our country. How can we have a medical diagnosis like this and yet not thoroughly investigate the possession of weapons?
  • Yes, our government representatives need to separate their interests from that of the NRA.
  • Sure, we need more security in our school systems—though I’m appalled to think that we are living in a time where this has become a leading issue.
  • And, of course, we need to support families who are faced with these kinds of life-altering losses.

But I’m not sharing anything you don’t already know. I can’t believe that my last post about Sal Castro Middle School’s shooting was just two weeks ago! Seriously! 

In my opinion, gun control and the NRA must be addressed by all of us—as a community. There’s been enough dancing around this issue in the protection of people’s political and financial interests. Yet most of us have gone back to our daily lives and are left with the news updates that we watch as part of our routine.  

I’m suggesting something else: Let’s not be passive about this. The next victim could be one of your—or my— children. It is our social responsibility to keep this dialogue going.

Of course we are all busy. But surely we all have one minute per day to share a post or comment or “Like” it on Facebook or Instagram or to  “Like” or “Retweet” it on Twitter. Here’s an easy roadmap:

Educate Yourself. Inform yourself about what’s going on. Here are two links to helpful articles.

  1. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/students-seize-control-gun-debate-plan-walkouts-march-n849226
  2. https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/19/us/florida-parkland-shooting-marches/index.html

Get Involved for just one minute a day! Look at these petitions and sign up. You owe it to your kids:

  1. https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/gun-control-now
  2. https://www.change.org/p/congress-pass-common-sense-gun-control

Follow the marches on March 14 and March 24 and share links to them. You can join one in the Los Angeles area.

  1. #ENOUGH on March 14:

This is a national march calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. on March 14, to protest congressional inaction.

You can also follow them on Facebook.

Follow #ENOUGH on all social media handles for updates on marches in your city.

  1. “March For Our Lives” – by Parkland Students on March 24:

Students and survivors of #Parkland shootings are marching to echo a collective outcry to Washington demanding stricter gun control.

We’ve all heard the sayings: It takes a village to raise a child, and there is no greater pain than to bury one. Well, it’s time to be the village that can help, obviously not in raising the children we have lost but in raising the vibrational energy of their memory. This can help alleviate the pain that the parents who have buried their precious ones are feeling. The combined community efforts suggested above will reassure them that the loss of their one child will bring about a safer life for 50.7 million other school children. Personally, I would die for that in a heartbeat.

We are asking you for just one minute a day for #Parkland. Are you in?