By Sarah Binning
In the wake of the Tucson, Arizona shooting, we face a sea of questions. What happened? Why did this happen? Will Representative Gabrielle Giffords recover? What prompted the 22-year-old suspect to kill innocent people?
As doctors and police uncover the answers to these questions, we remember the victims. Six lives were taken on Saturday, January 8, at Representative Giffords’ “Congress on your Corner” public event. Fourteen more people are wounded.
We learn about their lives and their families. It’s especially difficult to learn about nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green. Christina was born on September 11, 2001. Her father, John Green, said she was proud to share her day with a national tragedy. In an interview with Today Show’s Meredith Vieira, Green said, “She began her life with a tragedy on 9/11 and her life was ended with a tragedy here in Arizona, but it was nine good years in the middle, so the tragedies were the bookends. The bulk of her life was wonderful and we loved every minute of it.”
The third grader’s interest in politics was just budding. She was recently elected to her school’s student council, which sparked the idea for Christina’s neighbor to bring Christina to meet Representative Giffords. No one had any idea of the tragedy that would shadow the event.
Christina Green loved dance and baseball. She told her father, “Dad, I want to be the first woman major league baseball player.” Christina sounds like an empowered and spirited young lady. She would have fit right in here at Teen Voices. I’m sorry I will never have the opportunity to meet her.
We need to make the world a safer place for young girls like Christina. She deserved to grow up safely, to learn about politics, and, just maybe, to play major league baseball.