According to a story from WCVB, Boston City Hall plaza was the venue for a "Back to School" fashion show featuring bulletproof vests and gas masks.

The fashion show was a call for stricter gun laws at a time of year that we are sending our kids back to school.

The report states that Manuel Oliver, the father of one of the victims of the February shooting in Parkland, Florida said the event was meant to show in "very graphic" terms that sending our kids to school has become scary and dangerous.

 

I never thought that we would have to worry about sending our kids to school.  I remember when Columbine High School shooting happened in '99, I was living here in Dover at the time with my son and I remember thinking, that could never happen here, but in reality, it could.  It could happen right here.  All these communities thought the same thing - it couldn't happen here and in some cases, it did.

I don't have all the answers, but I do know that after the Newtown Connecticut shootings, my heart is broke for this country.  It's not the politics or the #metoo movement or anything else that we may disagree on, it's the shooting at an elementary school.  Not to diminish the pain of any other parent of an older child that has lost their life to a shooter AT THEIR SCHOOL, (Gawd, am I really typing these words?) but the babies in Connecticut that were killed is the one that really makes me think that something should be done about the violence that has permeated our culture.

I repeat,  I don't have all the answers, but one thing that I've tried to do with my life is recognize any negativity that I may be directing toward another human and try to change it.  You don't know what people are going through and if you show them just a bit of kindness, it could make their day or even change their mind to something a bit brighter.