8-Year-Old: “It Was My Second Shooting”

There comes a time in life when it seems nothing can possibly take you aback, stun, or hit way down deep when watching the news. After the past number of years that is certainly how I feel when reading the newspaper or watching the news. But the words from an 8-year-old girl on the CBS News Monday night did what I thought no longer possible.

It made me cringe.

And then remark, “she is just a child!”

Faris Nunn was sitting at the third baseline with her parents and younger brother watching the Nationals play baseball in our nation’s Capital. In that all-American setting, shots blasted the Saturday night serenity. It was after the chaos had settled that she was met by reporters and stated what happened, and how she felt.

“I saw people looking that way. And I didn’t know what was going on until I heard someone say get out, so I just started going under the seat,” Nunn said.

When asked how she was feeling through all of that, she said: “It was my second shooting. So I was kind of prepared … because I always am expecting something to happen.”

The gut-wrenching ease and honesty which Nunn spoke to reporters should unnerve us all.

Too many adults sit back and allow for gun violence to continue in this nation—crimes that are impacting the time young people are to be enjoying childhood. By not calling elected officials, gathering with other like-minded citizens, and demanding gun control measures be enacted we undermine the time young people should have for childhood.

Nunn and all her fellow children should never need to be ” expecting something to happen”. Other than perhaps an ice-cream truck selling a cold delight on a summer day.

I have been dulled, like many others in this land, to the daily news accounts of gun violence. The sincerity of the words from Nunn, however, makes me most aware as to why we must not lose our way in the demands for gun control laws.

And so it goes.

Cap Times “State Debate” Headline About Dane County Fair Fights

Woke up this morning to find that my thoughts about the fights at the Dane County Fair this weekend made for a headline. State Debate is a weekday feature at the Capital Times. I am always humbled when what I write makes for a link on their site.