Raw response to this morning’s Orlando shooting.

I posted this just now on Facebook and wanted to share it here:

I’ve spent the morning being devastated and speechless once again at the terror that one human being can inflict on so many others.

As someone who’s lost a family member to gun violence, news like this always feels personal. But an attack targeting LGBT people in a city that I love, in a context where I could easily imagine myself having been a victim, it’s even more so.

Every time this stuff happens, someone brings up the need for gun regulations and someone else says it’s too soon to have that conversation. Then nothing happens, and we all end up having to worry about what will happen the next time we go out to dance or see a movie or drop the kids off at elementary school. I understand that gun regulations are a complicated, controversial topic in this country. I know many people feel strongly that owning a gun makes them feel safer and better able to protect themselves, and they worry that proposals for additional gun regulations could become a slippery slope. I get it. It’s complicated.

But for the sake of our friends and families, we have to do something about this horrifying trend. I truly just want to lock legislators from across the political divide in a room together like a jury and not let them out until they can agree on some kind of common-sense approach to, at the very least, make it more difficult for suspected terrorists and mentally unstable people to gain access to the kind of assault weapons that can kill so many people so quickly.

I know there’s never going to be a solution to make everyone happy. I would be happy with a virtually gun-free world where effective non-lethal defense weapons were widely available, but I realize many people would never go for that, and I’ve heard dear friends argue why that wouldn’t work. Surely, though, there’s some kind of compromise that could at least make us safer. If we can prevent even one of these from happening in the future, we could save so many lives.

Forgive me if this isn’t something you wanted to see on your feed today, but I feel very helpless watching this play out on the news, and I needed to get this off my chest.