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Brief Thoughts on the Massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand

Hello, everyone.

Recently, New Zealand has suffered a terrible tragedy: 49 people were murdered in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The news coverage, from the BBC, details the events of the massacre and what has transpired afterwards, including memorial services, flowers and beautiful affirmations of love from the surrounding community, including this picture:

From the BBC.

One thing that has stuck with me, though, is how quickly the Prime Minister has moved to change the gun laws of New Zealand. This has given me hope, a powerful message of change that I want to reach Congress here in the United States.

My heart goes out to the families who have suffered during this terrible time, for those who have lost loved ones, or whose loved ones are in the hospital. I can only hope that those in the hospital heal, and know that they are loved. (I do not mean to sound clunky in my well wishes; at the same time, I do not want to sound insensitive, since the immediate “thoughts and prayers” response might sound abrasive in such serious times.) I really do feel for the people who were injured, as well as their families. I feel for the families who lost someone close to them.

I am not a journalist, so forgive my rusty way of going about writing what news has transpired. I’m sure there are bloggers out there who have covered this tragedy, and have written about it better than I have. Please continue your thoughtful outpourings.

Meghan B.