Grief: May 20, 2018

Dear Mr. VP,

I was asleep, and then I wasn’t, and now I can’t. So why not write to my favorite (only) penpal.

You were in Indiana this weekend, at an America First Policies event. Before launching into a speech about tax reform, you referenced the shooting in Santa Fe. “Your grief is our grief.”

Gosh, you know, I just don’t buy it. Grieving families are literally begging you to take common sense action, and it’s not happening. So maybe you do feel some grief about dead kids, but your grief and the grief of the families of the ten people who died, and the many other families impacted in Santa Fe and all the other communities devastated by school shootings, is not equivalent.

I read in a few places today that 2018 has been deadlier for schoolchildren than for service members. Not that I want to elevate the lives of one group over another, but service members sign up knowing they’ll be putting themselves into potentially deadly situations. Meanwhile, kids just want to learn, and socialize with their friends, and play sports, and go to prom; they didn’t sign up to go to a war zone every day.

On that note, let’s hope the Advil PM kicks in sometime soon.


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