The victims who lost their lives in Aurora were all young and seemed full of promise. But here is another promise. It is the promise that unless we do something, all of this will happen again. And no Tweets, tears, or teddy bears will change that fact.
It could have been me, my husband, my daughter, her husband, my step-son and step-daughter, my granddaughter, not yet four years old. Any one of us could be the victim, or the grieving relative or friend, right now, today.
I am a fierce 2nd Amendment supporter, but there is no earthly reason for anyone to own a semi-automatic military weapon except to murder someone else. It's not a sport. Money controls our democracy and public safety in our neighborhoods is one victim.
Gun violence is contrary to the will of God, and thus we are called to do what we can to change the reality of our circumstances so that moviegoers and school children no longer have to be afraid of living in a violent world.
There should be a big push across the U.S. to introduce curriculum in schools to help educate people about violence, the same way we have effective campaigns to educate people about safe sex and the dangers of smoking cigarettes.