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A Mother's Plan Following the Vegas Mass Shooting

Kids enjoying a sunny day

Many of us woke up this morning to news of an unspeakable tragedy in Vegas. As parents, many of immediately thought of our children and how vulnerable we are in these precarious times. Thinking is important. Prayer matters. However, we must also remember that action is essential to preserving our own sanity. I won't wax political about whether this is a debate about adhering to the Second Amendment of violating it. I prefer to think that this is a conversation about life and our choosing the society in which we want to live.

Every decision has an opportunity cost. Numerous tragedies have taught us the cost that many pay to ensure that a few have the liberty to obtain assault weapons that were designed only for war. However, in spite of this tragedy, I am encouraged by a quote that I heard Sheryl Sandberg repeat recently. She said, "We are more vulnerable than we ever thought, but we are stronger than we ever imagined."

Let us use our collective strength to create the country that we want for ourselves and our children. As citizens, that is what is required of us. And as parents, that is our commandment.

Two tangible things you can do to help Las Vegas.

1. Contact Your Congressional Representative:  If you're wondering what you can do, contact your congressional representative. Below is a link to contact your congressional representative's office. Type in your zip code. Identify your representative. Call them and ask what they intend to do to make America a safer place. Find Your Representative 

2. Donate Blood: On NPR today the mayor of Las Vegas said that they needed prayers and blood. To find a Red Cross Blood Donation Center, click here.

My Prayer following the Vegas Massacre

Dear Lord,

Hear our prayers. Allow the hearts of our leaders to be softened so that they can hear our cries. Let them know that while there are many problems to solve, one solution to certain mass tragedies is to prohibit the sale of weapons intended to be used for war to be sold to civilians. Allow them to temper their judgment and decisions with compassion and to know that policies are about people. And their charge is to ensure that their fellow Americans have the freedom to pursue the American dream, which includes the ability to go to school, watch a concert, and walk down the street without being gunned down. Remind them that when the constitution and its amendments were ratified, assault weapons did not exist and were therefore not contemplated by the drafters of the Constitution. We pray that you lead them and guide them as they execute their duties. Amen.

You see as a mom, I need to believe that this country is safe. I need to believe that because I chose to be the vessel in which my kids were brought to this world to experience the fullness of their lives. I take my responsibility as their guardian very carefully. And I want them to be able to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and shoo the geese...

Click on the video below to see how my son enjoys his days...

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