I had to deliberately resist, as I waited for my little brother to answer the phone last Monday night.
What I wanted to say was, "Hey, pretty sad news today, huh?"
"Yeah, it's terrible", he might have answered.
"Well Bro, you know if something like that ever happens on your campus, you should have a plan of what you're going to do."
But I caught myself just as he answered.
No, he shouldn't have a plan. No one should have to have a plan. What there should be is better gun control, better mental health care, community outreach, social programs.
Is it your constitutional right to bear arms? How can it be your right when it is just so fucking wrong? Wake up!
And sometimes there's just nothing you can do. You have to go on living like there isn't a tragedy waiting around the corner. We all have at least one waiting for us eventually, so let's just do what we can to take care of each other properly and then just live. Enough with the after-the-fact measures. They just won't do. How do people not see that?
And so the conversation went, "Hey Bro, pretty sad news today, huh?"
"Yeah, it's terrible."
"So have you booked your flight to Toronto yet?"
"Just this morning."
"That's great! I can't wait to see you."