My daughter and her small family live in Boulder, Colorado. Although we live in different states, we are close and talk frequently. As we were about to hang up on Monday, I asked what her next errand was and she said she was stopping by her King Soopers grocery for a couple of travel items for the trip. I laughed at the name of the grocery and told her it reminded me of my childhood grocery named Piggly-Wiggly.
She and our 15 yr old were leaving the next day for him to participate in a Pfizer Covid trial for 12-15 yr olds out-of-state. She, another friend and mom of a 15 yr old were going together and would spend a couple of nights.
An hour later, the Boulder mass shooting (and senseless killing of ten) was all over the news! My daughter had been in that store an hour before.
Had we not laughed about the name of the grocery, it wouldn't have hit me quite as hard. She and her family were all back home and safe but the horror of what a difference an hour can make in the lives of all affected by this will linger and forever change the lives of some.
Until the Congress of the U.S. passes strict laws and penalties against the easy purchase of assault guns, these massive killings will continue. The week before, 8 were killed in another horrific mass shooting in Atlanta, Ga. which is the home of my daughter's dad. Until voters stop electing officials who accept campaign funding from a very large gun lobby in this country, nothing will change.
This time my family was safe but what about next week or month?