peace for all / sfgirlbybay

honestly, i don’t know quite what to say to you all, but yet again i find myself wanting to say something because ignoring this latest tragedy seems naive. we can’t just go on looking at pretty pictures, can we? i mean we have to but i’m sure you’re feeling much like me and thinking it feels a little bit shallow at a time like this when our country (our world) is grieving so much. and then i think, well that’s giving in to this terrorism, isn’t it? and i want to try not to do that. yesterday i was a ball of mess. i couldn’t focus, i cried most of the day and felt pretty well broken. and i wasn’t even directly affected like the poor families that were torn apart, forever shattered in one way or another. senseless sorrow that doesn’t have to keep happening. i am tired of hearing from our government that nothing can be done. Tragedies like this one don’t happen in other countries with stricter gun laws. it’s proven. and you can’t tell me that anybody in this country needs an semiautomatic weapon to protect themselves or their families. it’s utterly senseless to say that, so you can have your 2nd amendment but we have to have stricter laws to keep our world safe. jkrowling had this to wisely point out, and  jimmy kimmel was so logical to me the other night when he tearfully spoke. he called out the senators who are in the pocket of the NRA, and asked for common sense and action from our elected officials to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again. there are some things you do if you feel the same — you can join everytown against gun violence or americans for responsible solutions. i’m not here to lecture, and if you disagree, i’m sorry, but i cannot keep hearing that there’s nothing we can do to stop this and i refuse to believe we simply have to accept this is our new normal. we can also be kinder to each other, we can love our families harder. we really just to do better as a country and as human beings. stay safe my friends. perhaps listen to this beautiful song, grieve and do what you need to do to get through this, but then i hope you’ll help fight to stop the cause of all this unnecessary sorrow.

xo, victoria

• iconic poster by artist jean carlu.

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