Prairie Village’s Paul Temme featured in NPR story on coping with gun violence

Paul Temme witnessed the April 13 shootings at the Jewish Community Center, an experience that shook him out of being complacent about gun violence.
Paul Temme witnessed the April 13 shootings at the Jewish Community Center, an experience that shook him out of being complacent about gun violence.

Prairie Village resident Paul Temme, who helped found the local Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence chapter after witnessing the murder of 14-year-old Reat Underwood, shared an emotional account of the April 2014 Jewish Community Center shootings on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.

Temme said the trauma of witnessing Underwood’s death took a toll with which he struggles almost daily:

“I do spend an inordinate amount of time staying up [on reports of gun violence]. And it’s hard, I think – I worry. I worry about the impact of the daily consumption. I sometimes think to myself. that I should completely stop reading the news. I should completely cut myself off…It’s something that I think no on should have to experience. No one should have to see. And it’s not something I can describe and keep my composure. But at the same time I’ve sometimes thought more of us should see this. More of us should see an episode like this and see the horror of it. Because it’s appalling to me that there aren’t more people crying out.”

You can hear Temme’s entire interview below. It ends at approximately 5:06: