An Open Letter to Paris, From a Mass Shooting Survivor

To those in Paris who have just survived a mass shooting: Hello. I am an American who has also survived a mass shooting. Unfortunately, there are a lot of us. Unlike you, my experience wasn’t as a result of a terrorist attack. My mass shooting was a


I watch a man stop, put his head in his hands. His balding head sports a shadow of hair; the street light gleams in the folds of his leather jacket. He stands, head bent, for only a few seconds while I watch from afar. One of