The first time I ever heard gunfire I was confused, not understanding the reason or purpose of the popping sound. Thirty years later, I am still confused, not understanding its purpose.

I thank God for my confusion, sadness and disbelief, because gun violence is not something I want to become numb to. It is something I want and need to continuously speak out against. We must all speak out against gun violence (and all forms of violence), and fight against our numbness. Because directly and indirectly, violence impacts all of our spirits, psyche and conception of humanity and human life.

Years ago Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, ‘Wait on time’.” Let us not be the ones that sit around and say nothing. Let us be the ones to stand up and speak out against gun violence