Think­ing about Fred­er­ic­ton

The Labradorian - - Editorial - Steve Bartlett Steve Bartlett Steve Bartlett is an ed­i­tor with Saltwire Net­work. Reach him at steve. bartlett@thetele­gram.com.

I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to Fred­er­ic­ton.

It was 10 years ago to cover the East Coast Mu­sic Awards, a hec­tic week­end of in­ter­view­ing and pho­tograph­ing then ris­ing mu­sic stars.

That was hardly the tough­est gig in the world, and a job that got even sweeter at night.

Af­ter long work days, there were longer nights of watch­ing the best in East Coast mu­sic show­case their stuff at var­i­ous venues around the New Brunswick city.

I loved it there and, as peo­ple do when vis­it­ing great places, I day­dreamed about what it would be like to live there.

Un­for­tu­nately I haven’t made it back there since.

Fred­er­ic­ton has con­stantly been on my mind since Fri­day, though.

The shoot­ing deaths of Robert Costello, Sara Mae Burns — both po­lice of­fi­cers — Don­ald Ro­bichaud and Bob­bie Lee Wright have me think­ing about the New Brunswick city for the wrong rea­sons. visit

I’m think­ing about vic­tims who were loved, who loved in re­turn, and who con­trib­uted to so­ci­ety.

I’m think­ing about their fam­i­lies, co­work­ers and com­mu­nity, all in mourn­ing.

And I’m think­ing about more gun vi­o­lence, about the July 24 Dan­forth shoot­ing, about the 2014 Monc­ton shoot­ing, about a 2017 fam­ily tragedy in Up­per Big Tracedie, Nova Sco­tia, about a dou­ble homi­cide that hap­pened a kilo­me­tre away in 2013.

Even though I’m think­ing about all, I can’t com­pre­hend any of it. There have just been too many deaths.

And I’m strug­gling to write about it, to say some­thing con­struc­tive about the is­sue that hasn’t al­ready been said.

But still, there’s a drive to say some­thing be­cause I want the gun vi­o­lence to stop. But how?

Politi­cians and leg­is­la­tion can only do so much.

It’s up to ev­ery­one, all of so­ci­ety, to ad­dress this prob­lem.

I don’t ex­actly know how, but be­lieve it starts with more dis­cus­sion.

Let’s start talk­ing about gun vi­o­lence and about pre­vent­ing it.

Enough is enough.

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