No Jessica, you were not overreacting

A picture Jessica Ghwai posted on Twitter earlier this month

It’s an uncertain world we live in, where other humans will commit unimaginable acts on their neighbours.

Life as you said is a ‘blessing’, none of us are guaranteed another day and a moment can be snatched in just seconds. It’s very natural for us to go over things the way you did after a close shave with death, or upon hearing of incomprehensible events such as the shooting at the movie complex in Aurora, Colorado, that took your life yesterday.

There’s nothing wrong in sounding like a Hallmark card 🙂 and although we think we sound cheesy, the words you wrote on your blog echoes what many of us feel after losing or almost losing a loved one.

I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given.

I feel like I am overreacting about what I experienced. But I can’t help but be thankful for whatever caused me to make the choices that I made that day. My mind keeps replaying what I saw over in my head. I hope the victims make a full recovery. I wish I could shake this odd feeling from my chest. The feeling that’s reminding me how blessed I am. The same feeling that made me leave the Eaton Center. The feeling that may have potentially saved my life.

Unfortunately for you lightening did strike twice. Just over a month after narrowly escaping another maniac on the lose with a gun at the Eaton Center Mall in Toronto, you had to be in the middle of another massacre. I mean what are the odds in life that anybody has that kind of bad luck?

The sub-human who murdered you and 11 others also wounding  58 innocent people, had 6000 rounds of ammunition and four guns including assault weapons. How in the world does any one person accumulate such an arson? And who needs all that? What type of a country allows people to pack even more than those appointed to protect and serve its citizens? Assault weapons semi or automatics, have no place on the streets. No one should be able to buy such quantities of ammunition off the internet.

The NRA and gun lobbyists literally hold your politicians at ransom, and I feel there isn’t a chance in hell they and their followers will ever come round to a rational way of thinking, in fact the mere mention of gun control sees otherwise rational people turn into paranoid irrational conspiracy theorists. In fact they are more likely to organize themselves into militias and wage war before they give up their arms.  Asking to outlaw guns I don’t believe will work in America, it’s way to entrenched in the culture and psyche of your countrymen. Besides I believe in the right to bare arms. I believe in the right to be able to protect yourself and home. As luck would have it,  the government and people of the UK don’t see it that way, so we are at the mercy of our police getting to us on time or the perp who breaks into our homes.

Your brother Jordan has been very vocal and has handled himself and his media appearances remarkably. Maybe he, the rest of your family and Pete Burns could use your death as a springboard to reignite the assault weapon ban.

Because of your brother, your tweets and your blog, I have a feel of the person you were and not as another faceless unfortunate victim of a mad gunman.

Requiescat in pace

Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6
Micayla C. Medek, 23
Alex M. Sullivan, 27
Jessica Ghawi, 24
Navy Pertty Officer 3rd Class John Thomas Larimer, 27
Matthew R. McQuinn, 27
Alexander “AJ” Boik, 18
Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32
Gordon W. Cowden, 51
Alexander C. Teves, 24
Jonathan T. Blunk, 26
Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse E. Childress, 29

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