Last night while we were sleeping, another mass shooting took place in Florida --this time it was only minutes from my home.
Two teens are dead, two more are in critical condition with more than a dozen others injured.
Children from my community, who were leaving a teen dance event at Club Blu in Fort Myers, were gunned down while being picked up in the parking lot.
The victims ranged in age from 12 to 27.
Bottom line: Our children should not need to worry about being gunned down in public by assailants with guns.
All children should be allowed to live with the peace of mind that they are safe in their community --something every child deserves in every town across the nation. This is something we all deserve.
Lee Memorial Hospital lists donation centers on their website www.LeeMemorial.org or visit www.RedCross.org
Do what you can to raise awareness in your community.
Here's a list of organizations that can help;
Americans for Reasonable Solutions
Every Town for Gun Safety
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
If you're in or around Fort Myers; The Quality Life Center has planned a Candlelight Vigil on Thursday evening "We will not Curse Out Darkness, instead, we will Light a Candle."
The gathering begins at 6:30 p.m. and the Barry University, School of Social Work will be on hand to provide grief counseling.
The Quality Life Center is located in Fort Myers 3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. on the corner between Ford Street and Cuba Street.
Please also know, I will do everything within my ability to bring awareness to the issue and see these senseless acts of violence end once and for all.
In solidarity for peace.