Thoughts on yesterday’s tragedy in Washington
I will humbly admit that I ignore a solid majority of the CNN notifications I receive on my phone. However, when the black box appeared in my lock screen, I knew this notification was something I could not ignore.
For those of you who haven’t had the time to read up on this incident, Aaron Alexis, 34, shot down a naval office building near Capitol Hill in DC. According to the Navy, Alexis was a full-time reservist from May 2007 to January 2011. He even received the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. (For more information, look here, and if you would like to see Obama’s response, see here.)
Buzzfeed tweeted another interesting fact to consider in light of gun control:
Of course, an event such as this will bring up the endless debate about gun control. But the fact that this shooting occurred at a military base throws a bit of a curve ball. It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that a man betrayed the military, which clearly valued him.
Another reason this shooting is a tough one to swallow is that it forces observers to consider two ways guns are used: public shootings and military purposes. Having these two thoughts coexist inspires an uneasy feeling within myself, and to be completely honest, I’m not quite sure how to react.
So let’s get the conversation started. Comment below with your thoughts—and feel free to share your feelings on this tragic event.
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