Tuesday, July 05, 2022

A mass shooting on the Fourth of July

On Twitter, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime died in the 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, commented on yesterday's shooting at the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois: "On Independence Day, a uniquely American holiday, the most uniquely American thing happened today, a mass shooting." I first heard about the shooting when a friend who lives there posted about it on Facebook; his teenage daughter was texting all her friends to see if they were okay. I've seen people mark themselves safe on Facebook for fires and hurricanes before, but this was the first time I saw that because of a mass shooting. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 5 July 2022)

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