Gun Violence Politics

Surviving a Terrorist Attack

They’re not always called terrorist attacks, but what happens regularly at schools, churches, movies theaters or workplaces are terrorist attacks. The guy who attacked the high school in Florida is a terrorist. That other guy who murdered those people in that church, he’s a terrorist too. The Nazi who rammed his car into the crowd of innocent people in Charlottesville, he nearly killed me and he did murder Heather Heyer, he’s a terrorist.

But the story that doesn’t often get told is that of those who were attacked by a terrorist and lived. Obviously the focus is rightly centered on those who were killed or injured, but the damage done to those who survived is significant and it impacts far more people than the number of casualties indicate.

Since Charlottesville, my life has been different.

Just this last weekend, I walked in the Chinese New Year parade in DC with my daughter. I could not stop scanning the crowds. I kept a close eye on all windows facing our direction. I took notice of any white men who were alone or didn’t seem pleased to be there at the parade. Even though I knew I was being irrational, that there was nothing to be afraid of, I just couldn’t help it.

Now contrast that to just one year ago, before Charlottesville. I was in DC on the day of Trump’s inauguration. The following day, I attended the Women’s March with my daughter. Not once, not ever, did I ever fear for my safety or my daughter’s. Now nearly every time I leave the house with the kids, I feel anxious about it. Now every time I’m in a crowd of people, I feel like we’re a potential target.

And so all of those kids who attend Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, they are ALL victims. They ALL will be different people now than they were before the shooting. The trauma will vary from student to student, but every single one of those students must know that it’s OK to be afraid. The idea that things will work out has been shattered. It’s OK to think thoughts that are logically irrational. Time may never heal these wounds, but you can learn to live a happy, healthy life.

It’s important to recognize in your life things that are different than things were before. For instance, I’m a pretty together sort of person, but about a week ago, I felt this ever-present sense of overwhelming dread. I didn’t know why, but it was there. I recognized it, I spoke about it to people who care about me and it passed. If you’re a victim of one these heinous attacks, don’t ignore the things in your life that are different. Accept that things will be different now, and talk to people and tell them honestly how you feel.


Governor Scott Walker Says His Experience Crushing Labor Unions has Prepared Him to Take on Global Terrorism

Speaking at a conservative conference this week, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said that he has the experience to be president, and that his experience busting up labor unions in particular makes him especially qualified to battle global terrorism.

“If I can take on 100,000 protesters,” he said, “I can do the same across the world.”

The protesters Walker is referring to were teachers, firefighters, police officers and a few Green Bay Packers football players.

The terrorists on the other hand have taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria. They have brutally murdered hundreds, if not thousands of people. The terrorists sometimes video record the murders and publish them on the Internet and in some cases the videos get rebroadcast on Fox News. That one Fox News is publishing shows a man being burned alive.

In 2011, when Walker was working to break the back of government-sector organized labor, at one point nearly a 1,000 protesters slept in the Madison, Wisconsin capitol rotunda. With signs like, “Kill the bill,” I’m sure those sleeping bags were quite intimidating.

Those sleepy protesters eventually would lose many of their rights to bargain collectively. Gov. Scott Walker didn’t just win the battles, he won the war against government workers organizing. So watch out global terrorist network of well-armed brutal murderers, if Scott Walker becomes the next president of the United States, don’t even consider organizing. Walker will peg your raises at no more than the consumer price index, so don’t even ask.