Hope From The Chamber

Since this past Sunday I have entered multiple public restrooms. The key difference between this week and every other week before this one is that I never really had to think about what I would do if I had to hide from an active shooter in a public restroom. Not until an active shooter entered a night club in Orlando to create terror and tragedy.

I have similar feelings when I enter movie theaters where I’m supposed to be whisked away into another world. I still think about the man who entered a Colorado movie theater and terrorized moviegoers seeking to enjoy the world of Batman.

Every time I have entered a house of worship in the last year has made me very cognizant of the nine souls that were lost in a Charleston church.

As a junior high school student I experienced lock down when an active shooter entered the building.  Luckily, no one at my school was injured, but the same cannot be said for an elementary school in Connecticut or a high school in Colorado.

After living in Japan for 4 years, where nearly no one has guns (including law enforcement), I came to feel that the need for guns is unnecessary.  I understand and respect the 2nd amendment, but I feel that we at least need discussion.

Then something amazing happened.

I was scrolling through Facebook and saw Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey post something about clearing his schedule for the day. And since Cory Booker is forever saying things that matter I decided to see what was happening.

Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut, along with 40 other senators, decided to take the floor during an appropriations bill to spend 14 hours discussing guns and the law.

It was nothing short of heroic and full of amazing questions, answers, and discussion.

One of my favorite moments came from Senator Kaine from Virginia when he said: “In this body we don’t have to be heroes. We just don’t have to be bystanders.”

And bystanders they were not, for by the end of the filibuster there had been an agreement from the GOP to allow gun control votes.

Let us remember the day that our Senators worked for us and continue to push them to work for us more.  Call your Senators today and continue to call them so they know where their constituents stand on each issue.  Our very lives depend on it.