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I See Your Pain, Too

Updated: Nov 28, 2021

I See Your Pain, Too

What extraordinary suppression of pain there must be in the heart of one who literally cannot feel empathy for children who survive mass shootings. How powerfully shut down by fear someone must be to vehemently care more about their right to own a gun than a child’s precious life; to bitterly care more about disparaging traumatized children than helping them heal; to spitefully care more about shutting courageous children up than learning from their strength.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez speaks during the March for Our Lives Rally in Washington, DC on March 24, 2018. Galvanized by the February 2018 gun massacre at the Florida high school, hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets in cities across the United States on Saturday in the biggest protest for gun control in a generation. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

To anyone who so profoundly cannot feel love even in the face of such resounding cries for it, I pray that recent events somehow prompt an awakening within you.

I have no desire for “your side” or any other “side” to simply lose an election. That will not help any of us feel empathy. I want you to truly know the incredible love that is somewhere deep inside you. I want us all to know this.

I see you using power to anesthetize your pain. I see fear paralyzing you from moving from control to compassion. Beneath all that numbness and immobility is a love you’ve likely never even thought possible. I pray your precious heart opens soon and reveals that miracle to you. You’ll feel so much better then. And so will the children. 


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