In light of what's happened, I thought it important that we gather as a city and remember those that we've lost. After everything that Star City has endured over the past several years, it would be easy to become immune or desensitized to the violence that pervades our lives, and it would be human to want to respond to that violence with violence. When I think of all the people that I've lost, I remember the choices that I was forced to make in light of those tragedies. Some choices were easy, but the important choices--the choices that were worth making--they were hard. And hard choices require bravery. Fortunately, we live in the Home of the Brave, and we don't run from hard choices. WE rise up, and face the hard choices together. This afternoon, Councilwoman Pollard and I met with the City Council to pass the Star City Firearms Freedom Act, a policy that respects our freedom and our lives. It shows that we can do both. And now, we just have to be brave enough to do it.