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July 04, 2022

Seeing Past the Numbers

By Patti Santucci

Dear Readers, the following is a piece called Seeing Past the Numbers. I wanted to put together a work that illustrated the number of people (and one police dog) that have been murdered in public settings during mass shootings by semi-automatic weapons. As I typed these names, the people became real. Not rote reading from a newscaster as I made dinner or a name in newsprint or computer font as I drank my coffee. Matching last names came into focus. Different ethnicities and cultures stepped forward as I imagined what their last familial celebratory dinner tasted like, what kind of music played in their home. And while not listed, these names hide ages inside them that stretch from the playground to the convalescent home.

The collective fear that each victim must have felt made me push all their names together. The weapons, used in their shootings, pepper-sprayed throughout.

Despite my best efforts, I may have missed some victims. But perhaps that is, in part, the point as entire lives disappear once the pop-pop of another shooting is heard.

-- Patti Santucci



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Article © Patti Santucci. All rights reserved.
Published on 2018-11-19
2 Reader Comments
Pat
11/20/2018
11:38:02 PM
Mind boggling and heart wrenching. Why are we worried about foreign terrorists when our own people are actually murdering us?
Frederick Foote
11/21/2018
06:07:53 AM
Patti, thank you for the memorial and the reminder.
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