The lock-down’s just been lifted, but authorities are suggesting extreme caution when going out. Transit is back online and the city thanked us for being patient and for doing what they asked. Businesses lost hundreds of thousands of dollars today, not to mention what the state’s been set back, given the huge police presence. But, no one’s complaining here. We’re still standing strong.
I hope this guy turns himself in. He’s been described as a really nice guy by his friends, and police suspect he may have fallen under the influence of his nutcase brother. If this guy has any conscience left, he’ll come in and let us get on with our lives. Either that, or his body will join the other people he was responsible for killing. One way or another. If they take him alive, I’d really like to know why he did what he did.
First: I am very grateful to those of you who contacted me to make sure I was safe. Thank you. It meant a great deal to me. My husband and I were nowhere near the marathon finish line and, as far as we know, no one we know was injured. Arlington is really quiet today. People walked around looking as though they were in a dream. I’ve had trouble concentrating, but that’s getting better.
I decided to take a walk this afternoon. It’s beautiful out and I needed to clear my head. President Obama ordered all flags at half-mast and as I walked I saw them flying that way, one after the other.
I walked past the fire station just across from our street, then I passed the library (above), then Arlington Town Hall right next door. It was sombre and very painful, like Newtown all over again but closer. The youngest victim of this brutality was eight years old. His mother and sister are in the hospital with very serious injuries. The father is trying to hold it together. Folks, meet Martin Richard, who will not be with us any longer:
We had another loss, a woman who lived in Arlington (where my husband and I live. She was originally from Medford, right next door and worked at a local restaurant. Rest in peace, Krystle Campbell:
I’ve heard that at least 25 or 30 people have lost limbs and suffered severe head injuries.
I’m so glad people are finally starting to stand up to the gun lobby in the US. They’ve enjoyed their reign of terror long enough and I’m heartened to see some progress, starting with the president. I’m only sorry that it took the horrible deaths of little children to finally breach that wall.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns has taken a leading role in this effort, beginning with a petition to support the meaningful regulation of dangerous weapons. No one needs a semi-automatic rifle to go duck hunting, and the massive bullets from one can tear a person to shreds. No one’s “coming for your guns.” The exact opposite seems to have been true – the guns have been coming for us.
Great video below. If you’re in the US, please consider getting involved in this. I don’t think I could take another Sandy Hook. And, do you know there have been 900 or more gun-related deaths in the month since?