This morning, we were reminded yet again of the importance of our work when two young journalists were shot and killed on live television in Roanoke, Virginia.
While many of the details are still unknown, our hearts go out to their families, friends, and colleagues.
Our country has a gun violence problem. And time and time again, when we petition our elected officials to act on solutions that would make us all safer from this epidemic, we are told that it’s a “tough vote” or a “complicated issue.”
Below is a passage from a former congresswoman Gabby Giffords.:
I’ve taken tough votes on difficult issues, and the truth is, this is neither tough nor complicated. The data is clear: action will save lives.
When I was shot, messages of support poured into my office. The well-wishes meant a lot to me during a difficult time. Let’s do the same for the newsroom where these two journalists worked.
The truth is, shootings like this happen every day. Often they take place behind closed doors in homes, schools, churches, and movie theaters. But this time, it happened live on television, and in a horrific video captured by the assailant posted online for the world to see.
All of these victims — the ones we read about, and the ones we don’t — deserve action. I’m committed to making sure that happens.
I am very familiar with Roanoke and WDBJ. I used to visit my Grandparents and watch the news on that channel. Roanoke is not a big city and I always felt safe there. Once again we need to do something about our love and fascination with guns.