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Have We Had Enough Yet?


I have the idea for today’s post, but it’s not going to come til tomorrow. It won’t come out right, and it would be out of place, and today just isn’t the day.

The worst mass shooting in history. A tragedy; an outrage.

People will say it’s the wrong time to politicize it. Funny, they are probably the same types who will say the anthem of a football game is the wrong time to protest. And on and on and on. Fact is, there’s never a “good time” to protest or to politicize. On a bad day, we don’t want to capitalize or trample on the grief of the afflicted, and on a good day, we don’t want to think about it. So we put it off to be polite, and by the time we get around to taking it up, we’ve forgotten about it. News moves fast these days, haven’t you noticed?

So, by all means, let’s not politicize it. Let’s just offer our thoughts and prayers. Go ahead, if that suits you.

Me, I think that bodies flooding a morgue is exactly the moment to have a good long think about the state of things. And ponder why anybody needs to own his own personal arsenal and why the rest of us should just be okay with that. And why even entertaining discussion on the topic of guns is political cyanide for at least one of our political parties.

Every time it happens, those of us who think that maybe guns aren’t the answer to every hard question wonder if this time will be the last time. If, maybe, in light of all this, we’ll come to our senses a little bit.

Will this be the last time?

How many “worst shootings in history” are enough?

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Bullets and Blowhards


Another day, another shooting. People are going to rush to judgment, fingers will be pointed, pulpits will be pounded upon. The dead will be used as bricks in a wall built around our violently entrenched personal beliefs.

This is not a political site, and I don’t want it to be. But it’s impossible to look the other way when there are two high-profile shootings with multiple fatalities within days of each other.

There are discussions to be had about religious fundamentalism and what needs to be done about it.

There is something to be said about terrorism, foreign and domestic.

Maybe there’s even something to be said about our own society: how we don’t know each other, how we’re more and more isolated on our own islands, not knowing what lives in our neighbor’s hearts.

But let’s first of all take a look at a sickness in our country which is undeniably caused (or, at least, worsened) by such ready, easy access to guns, and let’s maybe, just maybe, not go straight to the assumption that the answer to the problem is more guns in the hands of more people.

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And then, on the other hand, let’s go ahead and grant that guns in the hands of the right people are what brought this particular massacre to an early end.

Pray about it, if that’s your thing (but don’t forget that whoever or whatever you’re praying to allows this stuff to happen, day in and day out). But also recognize that the only thing that is going to stop tragedies like this (or, let’s be honest, lessen tragedies like this — people are people, after all) is by making it harder for the wrong people to get the guns. And that means we have a duty to vote against the cement posts in the ground who block any and all gun legislation at every turn.

 

 


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