“Those are people’s friends and kids and siblings…”

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But yeah, hearing about that. It’s like oh s***. It’s in my community, at large. It’s, you know, it’s not here here. It’s not NMU. Yet. But it’s here. It’s getting closer. It feels inevitable. I’m waiting for it to happen here. I’m waiting for it to be NMU next. And I hate that. So, when I heard about it, my thoughts were, “Is this real life? Of course it’s real life. God d*****.” Well, I suppose it’s just a matter of time now until it’s here. The only – I don’t – I wouldn’t call it a good thing obviously, but the the only – I don’t even if you’d call it a silver lining of something like that happening, is I guess at least I’ll have the empathy to understand what people at the center of these things feel like, what the smaller community surrounding the shooting at MSU feels like. I guess at least I’ll be able to understand people’s feelings and be better support for them, because it’s just a helpless feeling. I’m not the one with the guns. I’m not the one with the magic pen that signs laws into existence. I can call my representatives, email them as much as I want, which I do do, and nothing changes. So it’s just helplessness. It’s bracing myself, waiting for this to happen in my local community because it’s gonna, until we do something about it. Until the people who can do something about it, do something about it. And like I mentioned, I think Michigan is gonna end up stepping up and doing something about it, but it just sucks that the catalyst has to be people dying, because those are people’s friends and kids and siblings, and those people were some people in the world. They’re future spouses or best friends or the inventors of crazy awesome things or just people that make other people feel happy to be alive, and now they are gone. Just because. Just because. I hate it. So here’s to hoping Michigan does something about it that the federal government keeps not doing about it.

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