I find myself in a surreal position today. As you may have heard, the campus of UCLA (my alma mater) experienced an active shooter situation. It was a murder/suicide in which a student killed a professor before turning the gun on himself. The campus put itself into lockdown while the FBI and SWAT moved in to sweep the hot zone.
I woke up to alarming messages from my friends asking if I was OK (I haven’t been near UCLA since graduation), then I promptly began to go through every UCLA contact I had to see if they were OK. I was relieved to find out everyone near campus was alright and that it had not been a rampage but…it could have been.
The Engineering 4 building isn’t far from the heavily populated BruinWalk and Ackerman Student Union. If this psycho wanted to take as many down as possible he could have. I knew this day would come when it was my school’s turn for a shooting incident. Tonight a family is mourning the loss of a beloved professor and family man who didn’t ask to die. It almost seems sociopathic of me to say it is not as bad as it could have been. Now a child has lost a parent, a university has lost an educator, and our campus has lost its sanity.
We’ll never be the same after this. We’ll be more paranoid, I just know it. So what do we do? I guess the only thing we can do, get on with our lives. Additionally we need to pressure our politicians to do everything possible to end gun violence in this country.
When can we say enough is enough?
As Pennywise says in this song, “It’s Up To You.”