Thinking about the victims and their families. Thinking about those who courageously risked their lives to help others. Thinking about the first responders and medical professionals who were called on to face perhaps the toughest challenge of their careers as they saved countless lives.
And, of course, thinking about how these horrible events keep happening with a sickening regularity.
One of our daughters tearfully told my wife Lorrie and me that a young man she went to high school with was one of the shooting victims. He is very seriously wounded but is expected to survive. These mass shooting events, even though they occur nearly daily, often seem far away and involve people we do not know. But we are all connected, and when someone we know is a victim, it reminds us that it can and does happen to anyone.
Lorrie and I join that call and stand with Mark and Gabby, the victims of Las Vegas and other mass shootings, and the majority of Americans who support not only a conversation, but common sense, concrete action to prevent future gun violence.
As Gabby said to Congress, “The nation’s counting on you” and truly, we all are.
— Captain Sully Sullenberger