Is Anyplace Safe?

The latest public shootings have me questioning:

Is anywhere in America safe?

The short answer is, no.

The harsh reality is that all of our sanctuaries have become targets for homegrown (and I am going to say it- usually white male) terrorist destruction. Churches, schools, festivals, movie theaters, concerts, even Walmart, though I am not sure who’s sanctuary that is.

And here we sit, stunned and saddened but largely inactive about the whole thing. We are creating noise as a nation but not much else, that I can see. And be sure, I am including myself in this mass of lost people.

Where is our outrage? Why are we not burning the fucking house down? Why are we allowing this devastation to happen over and over again?

The short answer is, I don’t know. Though, I lean toward fear, greed, and complacency as being huge factors.

What I do know is that now I have to add the grocery store and open festivals to my list of places to be extra vigilant. My plan is always to be aware, be observant and have an exit strategy everywhere I go. Unfortunately, this is a plan that I have to impart upon my child to keep her safe.

Let that marinate for a minute…….

Our children are regularly drilled on active shooter school lockdown situations. We are debating arming teachers with guns. That’s the best we can come up with?!

Rather than address the root of what is driving these hateful sick twisted individuals we are throwing haphazard fear-feeding “solutions” at the epidemic. Reaction rather than prevention.

For as current events show me it’s not a matter of if but when. When and where will there be another senseless attack on innocent lives?

This fact saddens and overwhelms me.

Who are we becoming? Where are we going? When is enough truly enough? When do we decide as a people to unite for change?

We need to wake the fuck up and try to salvage and rebuild or maybe start over, I don’t even know. I know I cannot trust the people in positions of power or authority. I know I cannot trust my government officials to make the necessary changes or do what is right for their constituents.

What I do know is that this current state of our society is not one I want to be a part of. So I must continue my efforts, however small they may appear, to be a part of the right side of history. I will continue to vocalize, shed light on, donate towards, vote and protest for change. To do nothing is to be complicit in the destruction of human kind.

Give me some ideas. How do you be the change you wish to see in the world?

Spread love!



20 thoughts on “Is Anyplace Safe?

  1. Reblogged this on Notes and commented:
    Melissa, rest of the world is not as messed up as USA is. If you compare all of these mass shootings with the petty crimes of far more safer nations (more than 50 to choose from) all across the world, you’d only want to migrate (especially for your loved ones) as a solution. Check out a list of them at;


    1. interesting….I will have to investigate. we love to travel and explore but my roots and community are here in the US.

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      1. Awesome!


  2. Two shootings this week and I barely react anymore. It is mind-blowing from the outside looking in that American politicians are so unwilling to make any kind of changes that would reduce the number of mass shootings. I can’t imagine living in such a state of necessary hyper-vigilance or having to raise your children to be the same.

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  3. They don’t mass shootings they way they used to on the news anymore. I would talk more about it but I just finished a blog about it 😢😢 My heart is filled with sadness and anger over this horrific situation. I just want it to stop……..


  4. Home Grown Guerrilla terrorism – but it’s “the other people” we have to be afraid of. It’s fucking insanity. We value guns more than lives, more than children more than “the pursuit of happiness”. I hate this. I hate that people can carry guns anywhere, and yet not one of these people has ever been the “hero of the hour”. I hate that’s the entire rationale behind not having stricter gun laws. I could walk into a pawn shop with cash, and 10 minutes later walk out with the ability to kill. It’s fucked up. But greed wins, and politicians would rather take money from lobbyists than actually give a tinker’s damn for the people they are supposed to represent.

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    1. You are so correct: $$$ and greed is king

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  5. And this is one of those times I’d give damn near anything to be wrong.


  6. This epidemic has festered into triggers for my anxiety. I can’t go anywhere , like you said, without having an exit strategy. Thinking about sending my daughter off to school puts me in a panic. My head hurts from all this. This was such an important message. Thanks for putting your words out there.

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    1. Thank you for reading and sharing. It seems to be a really scary time where we must create change!

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  7. “To do nothing is to be complicit in the destruction of human kind.” Very powerful. As an Aussie who only sees the destruction on social media, it is definitely time for ACTION!

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    1. Yes! We all must act in whatever ways we can! We visited Australia in April. Had a fabulous time!

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      1. Agreed! I’m glad you enjoyed your visit! What city were you at?


      2. We spent a few days in Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney. All very different. Loved Cairns and Sydney the best but so much more that we didn’t get to see. We were there for 10 days.

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      3. Lovely! Oh I’d love to visit Cairns – I hear good things! That’s alright, another excuse to visit again 🙂


      4. It was gorgeous! And the reef- wow! Spectacular! Even for a girl from south Florida with lots of great snorkeling opportunities. Definitely try to get there!

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      5. Always heard about the beauty of the reef! It’s on my list 😊

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