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Senseless Requires Sensible Progression

This Nova Scotian senseless tragedy does require sensible progression. Who can understand the point of a mass-murdering spree? But honestly, would it ever make sense, so why do we try to make sense of a senseless chaotic horrific time?

The victim numbers, currently at 22, may continue to rise in my community as the current 16 crime scenes are investigated. I weep for the families and feel emotionally and physically sick. I know I am not the only one.

This beautiful island weeps.

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The victims started their day, just like any other. Many folks ran to aid others in the blazing homes and lost their existence because of it. Some people were going to work or going for a walk, the same thing they did every other day, with no fear or inkling that this day would be their last.

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I spend every day since the 19th, reflecting on our mass community execution. I can no way understand this intellectually or personally. I cannot stop thinking about the victims’ last moments, their children, their spouses, parents, and all their families and friends. I wish I could do something meaningful and something that would matter. Nothing can eliminate their pain, anger, and emptiness.

I see a community of families months down the road- scared. Fearful of leaving their doors open, of offering help when others are in need and scared to go for a simple care-free walk. I see a community that will heal in time, yet will be forever changed.

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I reside in Truro, Nova Scotia, yet also lived in Debert and Onslow for several years. I even sincerely considered purchasing a seasonal space on Portapique Beach Road, Nova Scotia. I viewed a property on this street that had a simple camper trailer with an outbuilding with beds. The area is beautiful, peaceful, and a perfect summer spot. The perfect place to relax, unwind and feel safe.

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Can we ever feel safe again? We must push forward and move on despite this tragedy. As a community, we cannot exist in fear – this is a lesson for RCMP and alert communications. No one would deny that, as a community of people, we were not alerted in a meaningful way. Twitter? Really? This alone is not an acceptable way to alert and keep a community of people safe.

As I said, a lesson learned for Nova Scotia and the RCMP.

How can normalcy return in such an abnormal situation?

I also think about the shooters family. I know some people might be disgusted that I am speaking about them, but the shame and guilt that is most likely clouding them, I imagine it would be unreal. They are not getting the same public support or community outreach. The isolation they must feel. They lost a member of their family and are connected to the man who will forever be known as the biggest mass murderer in Canadian history to date.

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Nova Scotia and the county of Colchester will progress forward in a sensible way, over a senseless act at the hands of one ‘fucked up’ individual. We will support, learn, and grow stronger.

No community is exempt from ‘fucked-up.’ It doesn’t matter what the gun laws are, if the location is urban or rural, or if the location is a dirt road leading to a beautiful Nova Scotian beach. Nothing is predictable.

Life will go on in Colchester County, Nova Scotia, forever different, changed, and lost lives will never be forgotten.

We are Nova Scotians, robust, loud and proud.

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