My wife had her phone on speaker while talking to a friend about the shootings in nearby Bryan, Texas.
“Are you OK?” she asked. I tuned in and it was obvious the woman was crying. Later, she sent me the link to a local newscast, shown above. She said that was what caused her to lose her composure.
It all hit close to home. Our friend termed it a time “when news gets real.”
We do not yet know anything about why the shots were fired. Witnesses have been quoted as saying it appeared obvious the shooter was targeting certain individuals. We know nothing about that, either.
But those types of questions are seldom answered to our satisfaction following senseless brutality.
The point right here, right now, is this shooting may seem more real to locals than other mass shootings in places further removed.
But that is an illusion.
Any act of inhumanity is always real. Some people simply have a closer look at it.
When we all are able to feel the realness, then maybe we’ll become motivated enough to do something about the problem.