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How to Talk to Your Child About School Shootings


When bodies of children are

once again

strewn around the room

by an AR15

it is

once again

time

to talk to

our children

about school shootings.

So first,

gather in your home

where you do not have alters to weapons

and sit

in that chair

where you wrote messages

to your representatives

and penned checks

to lobbyists.

And remember how

you voted

each and every time

to make gun control

a central issue.

And make sure

you have plenty of time

to talk to your child

between the usual conversations

of how they are doing

checking on

their mental health.

Just like

you tune in

to the people around you.

and notice those who

struggle,

who are unhinged

and hurting.

And remember

the other day

when you argued

with a neighbor

about why having an

assault rifle

was not a right.

And maybe

you didn’t change his mind

but you’ll never

be silent.

And then you sit

holding your child

close

breathing in

their innocence.

Showing them

they are loved.

Knowing you

can’t protect them

always.

And then maybe

you say

something

like

how danger can be

anywhere

how violence can

enter their

safe spaces.

And that is why

they have to

practice

hiding

under desks.

But they will look

uncertain

uncomprehending

because

pure minds

cannot grasp

what

we

have allowed

to happen.

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