Maine Legislature ought to convene particular session on gun violence

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Sandra Lynn Hutchison is a author, trainer, and the editor of She lives in Orono and teaches within the Wilmette Institute and the Bahá’í Institute for Larger Training.

That is the primary time I’ve had a dental appointment cancelled due to gun violence – sure, the mass taking pictures in Lewiston. My husband and I dwell in Orono, however we have been alleged to journey to Portland on Thursday so he may very well be handled by a specialist. A minor inconvenience you may suppose – why write about it when there was a lot lack of life? But I do as a result of this minor inconvenience reveals simply how pervasive the consequences of gun violence are, with a manner of seeping into each side of our every day lives.

At the moment I’m grieving. All of us are. However I’m additionally considering of the state of Maine because it was after I arrived right here 23 years in the past. My husband and I spent the primary years of our marriage in New York Metropolis, in a neighborhood through which you didn’t exit at evening. Then we moved to Hong Kong, a safer metropolis, however one through which a pregnant girl (me) might simply be crushed by surging crowds in a subway station. We arrived in Orono after a year-long cease in certainly one of New Jersey’s bed room communities — that was not for us.