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We Deserve Better

By in Huffington Post on June 14, 2017

By Shannon Watts

Tragically, America has been rocked once again by gun violence from coast to coast. From a shooting near UPS center in San Francisco to a shooting near our nation’s Capitol – where it appears our nation’s leaders were targeted.

Details are still unfolding, but so far we know that during a congressional baseball practice at least one member of Congress was shot, alongside congressional staffers and police officers. Other members of Congress and their family members were present.

The humanity of the response to this shooting has been overwhelming: lawmakers crying on television while giving thanks to the police who responded so quickly and saved so many lives, an image of the Democrats’ baseball team gathering to pray for their colleagues.

.@HouseDemocrats praying for our @HouseGOP @SenateGOP baseball colleagues after hearing about the horrific shooting.

— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) June 14, 2017

But what impacted me so viscerally was a photo of Representative Joe Barton and his sons boarding a train in Alexandria after the shooting. According to witnesses, Rep. Barton’s 10-year-old son hid under a bench in the dugout as shots were fired.

As a mother, I recognized the fear and concern Rep. Barton had for his son and how as parents, we hold our children’s safety paramount to anything else on earth.

The trauma of this shooting has played out in far too many American communities every single day. Ninety-three Americans are shot and killed daily, and hundreds more are injured by gunfire.

Too many Americans have experienced what it’s like to be shot or have a loved one killed by gun violence.

There will be all kinds of speculation today. Pundits will point fingers and place blame. And we’ll all hug […]    

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