Orlando is not my city, not quite. I lived close by and I spent a lot of time there. I know a lot of people who live there. And I’m sorry that we’ve failed on such a huge level to protect the people who were gunned down in the Pulse nightclub on Saturday.
I’m done allowing excuses to pass as effort. Something needs to be done immediately—not talked about or contemplated, but capital-D Done. The United States is a nation of immense power and potential. We have the ability to stop gun violence the way we have solved so many other problems. We have the ability to keep this issue front and center until concrete steps are taken. I encourage everyone to participate in any way they can. Just 5 minutes a day could make a huge difference—whether you make a call, or write an email, or plan an event.
We cannot control or identify or predict what happens in a person’s mind. But we sure as hell can control the physical presence of guns. Any step towards gun control brings us closer to our goal of ending gun violence. Because once a freedom becomes destructive—once it destroys the freedom of others—it is no longer a freedom we are entitled to.