Candles lit for victims of Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub, June 2016.

If Martin Niemoller Were Here Today …

If Martin Niemoller were here today …

They shot the high school students. And I didn’t speak out, because I wasn’t a high school student.

Then they shot the college students. And I didn’t speak out, because I didn’t go to college.

They shot the immigrants. And I didn’t speak out, because I’m not an immigrant.

They shot the midnight movie-goers, and the public employees. And I didn’t speak out, because I don’t go to movies at midnight and I’m not a public employee.

They shot the customers at Luby’s and MacDonald’s, and I didn’t speak out because I don’t eat at Luby’s or MacDonald’s.

They shot Parisians and Texans, and I didn’t speak out because I’ve never been to Paris or Texas.

They shot Tunisians and Egyptians and tourists, and I didn’t speak out because I don’t know any Tunisians or Egyptians and I’m not a tourist.

They shot Sikhs and Jews and the Amish, and I didn’t speak out because I’m not a Sikh or Jewish or Amish.

They shot black Christians in church, and I didn’t speak out because I’m not black or Christian and I don’t go to church.

THEY SHOT FIRST-GRADERS AND THEIR TEACHERS, and I didn’t speak out because I’m not a parent or a teacher.

Now they’ve shot Latino/a and LGBT club-goers and I’m not Latinx, or LGBT, and I don’t go to nightclubs.  Who is left to speak? Will I speak out now? Will you?

#NoBillNoBreak #DisarmHate #HateWontWin


  1. Great post. Thank you. Yes, we need to address this hatred that is covering America’s heart, first by making sure that Trump fails and secondly by truly believing that we are also the victims because we are all one as brothers and sisters. Assault weapons used in these atrocities are not weapons of personal protection as defended by the NRA, they are vehicles of mass destruction. And as we have seen, the perpetrators are mostly home-grown terrorists greatly influenced by the culture of hate in America.

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  2. Senator Chris Murphy, from my state of CT, is leading a filibuster as I write this and claims he won’t leave the senate floor until sensible gun control discussions happen. While I’m grateful, I do think we need a movement. I don’t blame you for being mad as hell about this. Sandy Hook happened an hour away from where I live. Horrible.

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    1. I think he’s great. I have a family member who was a schoolteacher at another CT elementary school not far from Newtown. When she described the “active shooter drills” the teachers and children now go through, I was stunned. I am in awe of the Newtown parents who have started a movement and joined with others like Everytown for Gun Safety.

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