After the Colorado Springs Shooting: Talking With Children About Gun Violence

As the LGBTQ neighborhood collectively reels from and responds to the mass capturing in a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub yesterday, I want to present a couple of sources for all those of us whose kids might have fears or thoughts about the tragedy.

Colorado Springs flag, rainbow flag, and candle

Very first, I offer you my deep sympathies to the households and friends of the victims and to the Club Q staff members and patrons. I recommit to speaking out from anti-LGBTQ violence and the prejudice and misunderstandings that are normally its forerunner. I recommit to getting in touch with my elected officials about gun manage and voting in favor of it. I hope you will do the similar.

It feels dreadful to consider about talking about such factors with children—but I remind myself that not everyone even gets the option of sheltering their kids from them, as youngsters by themselves have been as well generally the victims or witnesses, or reside in locations exactly where gun violence is a everyday problem. Information of this shooting broke on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a reminder of how shut lethal violence is in too a lot of of our life.

I was shaken looking at in the New York Situations that “Hours before it was strike by a lethal mass taking pictures Saturday evening, Club Q in Colorado Springs posted on Facebook about a prepared ‘all ages drag brunch’ on Sunday morning.” Children could effortlessly have been the victims, as they have been in much way too numerous other shootings—and every single sufferer is someone’s baby.

In today’s planet, too, kids are often aware of current events by way of the Internet or by way of close friends who have seen things on the Online, even when we mother and father do not comprehend it. If the tragedy scares me, how a great deal additional may it scare a young LGBTQ man or woman or one particular with LGBTQ moms and dads?

For all those wanting for ways to enable small children method their emotions about this latest shooting or all around ongoing energetic shooter drills in their educational institutions:

And for individuals who will need it, the Catastrophe Distress Helpline, 1.800.985.5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, nationwide hotline with rapid disaster counseling for people experiencing psychological distress associated to any all-natural or human-caused catastrophe.

A person Colorado also provides the next sources, not exclusively aimed at kids, for any individual needing assistance after the tragedy:

  • Nationwide Victims of Violent Crimes, 1.202.467.8700
  • Colorado Crisis Services, 1.844.493.Discuss (8225)
  • Crisis Textual content Line, Text Dwelling to 741741
  • Trevor Task, Text Start out to 678-678 or phone 1.866.488.7386

If you would like to donate to assistance the victims in Colorado Springs, here is the official donation web-site shared by Club Q, the web page of the shooting, on its Fb site.

If you would like to study additional about or get action versus gun violence, Everytown for Gun Protection and Giffords are two sites to commence.

Gun violence in the U.S. is a multi-pronged trouble that we need to address in quite a few strategies. It may perhaps appear daunting, but as I’ve said before, I discover myself turning for power to a expressing from my Jewish tradition, “You are not obligated to finish the work, but neither are you cost-free to desist from it.” We ought to resist, persist, and not desist. We owe it to our communities and to everybody’s small children.