I try to not make a habit out of blogging about tragic events or politics, but something must be said about the reoccurring violence that seems to be climbing higher each day. Unfortunately, today I woke up with news of yet another shooting. An ex-marine, Ian David Long opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California killing 12 people in the process including Alaina Housley. Alaina was niece to The Real host and actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and former FOX News correspondent Adam Housley.

Frantic tweets and concern (which is expected) were flooded across the pair’s Twitter page in the hours preceding the news of the shooting. Adam even made a trip to the hospital in search for his niece, but was not let in due to the hospital being on lock down. He sad the location of his niece provided by her Apple watch and iPhone showed that she was still in the bar. The couple confirmed the news to USA Today stating via their joint rep. “Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks. Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her, and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time.”

Not to say that Alaina’s life was any more important or valuable than the 11 other people murdered in that bar, but I only use her as an example (since she happens to have recognizable family members and the emotions are displayed all across different media outlets) to show the emotion and chaos one feels in that moment and the tragedy that strikes the families of those affected. Why is it that people have to be afraid to leave their homes, to enjoy life, or to go to school? I am not yet a mother, but the way the world and this nation is currently being shaped does not convince me to have any children at all in fear of what might happen to them. When is enough going to be enough? The shooting in Parkland, Florida brought mass attention to the issues with gun violence and it looked as if a change would be made, but as always new challenges surface while other fights die down until news like this come up. I pray not only for the Housley family, but for all the other families affected in this shooting and in the Parkland shooting, in the shooting in the yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, for the peace of mind for the rest of the county and I pray for the future generations to come. This is not a world that I want to raise a family or to continue grow up in myself. Why must there be so much hate in people’s hearts that becomes more important than the lives of others? I cannot say whether this is a media issue, mental health issue or gun issue because maybe it is all of the above. What I can say is we need to bring change and love back into this world so families like that of Alaina’s don’t have to suffer what is unnecessary suffering.

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Queen of the Tea