Can random acts

of kindness help

with gun control?

Dear Editor,

First, let me be very clear that I am not anti-gun. I was raised in a family of hunters, married into a family of hunters, have sons-in-law and grandchildren who hunt. Guns, hunting guns and handguns, have always been a part of our life.

Still I believe strongly that an assault weapon belongs in a war zone, not a home. I have no answers on how to deal with the terrifying violence.

A friend recently posted on Facebook, “Thoughts and prayers are a good thing. You can’t have too many of them but where is the outrage?” Our hearts should be broken with these recent mass shootings, but where is our outrage? We carry the anger but what do we do with it? We pray, we cry, we state that “Someone has to do something,” yet we have no idea what that something should be or that the someone should be each of us.

I admire the young people in our country who are putting together protests to get some form of gun control regulation. Would I be that brave if I were their age? Probably not.

Two small steps, easy to talk about, but nearly impossible to do could be a move in the right direction.

Can we love each other, even those different than we are? Can we accept responsibility for our own part in this violence no matter how small? Can we search for the answer together?

After the above was written, I saw the challenge from an 11-year-old in El Paso. He challenges each of us to perform 22 random acts of kindness in honor of the 22 victims in the El Paso shooting.

Or since we are from Ohio, possibly we can add nine for the victims in Dayton and perform 31 random acts of kindness.

Too difficult? Start with the nine only. This might be a step in healing the outrage, a step in the right direction, together.

Susan Paulus