At approximately 3:30 p.m. yesterday, a gunman carrying a semi-automatic rifle walked into Clackamas Town Center Mall in Portland, OR, shot and killed two people, injured a third, and then killed himself.
My bff, who lives in Portland, and a friend who lives in Tri Cities simultaneously sent me messages asking if I had heard.
This mall is no more than five miles from where my parents live.
Text husband of ex.
Everyone is safe.
Next...pay attention to the memories flowing through my brain. This is the mall I grew up in. In fact, it wasn't even built when I was born. I shopped here. I ice skated. I hung out with friends. I may have made out with a boy or two there (sorry mom).
And some crazy mo-fo decided that yesterday was the day that he'd ruin this place.
Anger. Disgust. Pain and sadness for families I don't know.
As you may recall, I own a handgun. Owned properly, used properly, stored properly, I have no problem with guns. But how the HELL do these freaking psychos get their hands on weapons? With all of the talk in DC about gun control, how does this even happen?
Do people in DC realize that you can GO ONLINE and buy a gun, just like that?
How many states require background checks at gun shows before an individual can walk away with the purchase?
My heart is sad and angry.
From The Huffington Post... "Shaun Wik, 20, from Fairview, said he was Christmas shopping with his girlfriend and opened a fortune cookie at the food court. Inside was written: "Live for today. Remember yesterday. Think of tomorrow."
Please do this...live for today, live for NOW! Pay attention to your surroundings. ASK QUESTIONS! If you see someone struggling in his or her daily life, ASK QUESTIONS.
Be safe, my beautiful friends. I love you!