Bright lights from a passing car and the sound of firecrackers, and the scattering of people running for their lives. That’s all I really remember of the first time I heard real gunfire.
Chances are on February 14th the teenagers, children really, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas didn’t know what those sounds were at first, nor did the elementary school children at Sandy Hook in 2012. Not at first. Canada is not without its gun violence. Although not on the same par as American mass shootings, nonetheless, gun violence continues to spread, scattering like buckshot. Things are different in Canada, and of course, Canada didn’t have a leader who boasted he could stand in the middle of New York’s Fifth Avenue “and shoot somebody” and not lose any voters.
“All of this has happened before and will happen again.”
On January 20, 2017, the world changed, and the fight for Democracy began.
“As a writer living so close to our American neighbour, the country’s pulse beats so loudly, its sound is heard around the world, but never clearer than here in Canada. During Trump’s first 365 days in office, that pulse was, and still is erratic but remains strong. This was the year that Americans fought for America, unlike any other struggle in their recent history.”
In his first work of non-fiction, Canadian novelist and poet, k.g. Sambrano keenly observes and scribes the phenomenon known as Donald J. Trump, and America’s struggle against his policies, his history, and often the man himself during his first 365 days in office. This is a collection of twenty-two carefully selected essays written contemporaneously spanning from the time of Trump’s Muslim ban and firing of James Comey, to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, and eventually culminating in the arrest of a Louisiana school teacher, Deyshia Hargrave, in the examination of violence and intolerance under the Trump banner. Click here for more information.