This Should Not Be KC’s Headline

I am writing this while watching coverage of a horrible ending to what was supposed to be a spotlight on Kansas City for the Chiefs Super Bowl parade. I am so mad. I am SO mad. I was at the parade with my two daughters and a friend and her two kids. We left to come home after the parade and watch the rally.
It was a beautiful day. We were making friends with fellow Chiefs fans, sharing friendship, bracelets and all standing on our tiptoes to see the next bus with Chiefs players coming down Grand Street.
How do we go from celebrating the fact that Chris Jones said he was going to be here basically forever and Travis Kelce really botching a Garth Brooks song to then desperately getting and sending texts to all of our friends and family who might be anywhere near there to make sure they are alive? Why does this happen?
Our city is good. Our city is great. Our city is so much better than this.
We should be having coverage celebrating our Super Bowl win, our community and simply how great KC is. Not a freaking shooting. Give me a break. Give all of us a break.
Why did this beautiful day turn into this? How can we have hundreds of thousands of people listening to music, high-fiving our Chiefs players and just generally enjoying each other and how can that so quickly turn into a mass shooting?
How many people need to be shot? Is there a number? I would really love to know it. What’s the threshold these days?
I am sick of raising my kids in an environment like this. I hate it. Someone please do something that will make an actual difference.
I don’t understand what more you need. This should not be KC’s headline. But it is. And now we all have to figure out what to do next. Or, as we’ve done in the past, let’s continue to do nothing. It’s infuriating.
Julie Breithaupt
Hey! My name is Julie and I use too many exclamation points! My husband Grady and I are attempting to raise two wild women, Mia and Reese. We live in Shawnee where our faux bulldog Marge rules the roost. My hobbies include driveway drinking, going to parks and desperately trying to have date nights. My likes include the Jayhawks, coffee, craft beer and ChapStick. My dislikes include samesiders (people who sit on the same side of the booth when no one is on the other side), jerks and grocery shopping.