Today is not the first, nor the last day that we will see blood and ink mix. Today is a day when those who choose not to write, who do not engage with a public discourse, who choose ideology over humanity, again attempt to destroy those who do. It is not a day for fear or for hatred, but for anger, an anger that must birth retaliation. Violent words and loaded keys, sharpened pencils and gruesome wit crafted into atomic blows against ignorance and fear mongering. The freedom of speech is written words not in blood and bullets, and the true martyrs die because they have spoken the truth, not because they clutch to an afterlife like children to toys.