|from the Denver Post|
What are we doing? What's happening? Why are talking and not acting? Why are listening to the crazed and extremist NRA? Why are politicians so anemic? Where is the adult conversation? Where is common sense?
We remember the victims. We should remember the victims. The shooters go down in history books. The victims just get forgotten. The victims' families never forget. They were loved. They loved. Their futures gone in an instant because of a bullet. Their families and friends left to grieve. Their communities victimized and terrorized. Their communities scared and powerless to do anything. The NRA keeps its' power and control. The rest of us cry, blog, sign petitions, speak out, plea for common sense, beg our politicians to do something. Nothing changes. Nothing happens. Well, something happens. More mass shootings happen. Sad. 32 Americans a day die from gun homicides. Over 80 a day die from gun injuries. 100,000 a year are shot. 30,000 die in America. 8 children a day die from bullets. The NRA keeps resisting laws to stop the carnage. The carnage continues. The NRA stops the conversation. The carnage continues. The NRA gives money. The carnage continues. The NRA threatens. The carnage continues. Wayne LaPierre rants. The carnage continues. President Obama doesn't mention guns or gun policy after mass shootings. The carnage continues. Mitt Romney is endorsed by the NRA and its' most extreme board member, Ted Nugent. The carnage continues. People buy lots of guns and lots of ammunition. The carnage continues. People shoot innocent children and women with stray bullets. The carnage continues. People shoot themselves by accident. The carnage continues. Law abiding gun permit holders kill other people. The carnage continues. Women are shot in domestic disputes. The carnage continues. Gun extremists write and say threatening and abusive comments. Nothing happens. The carnage continues.
Guns are the most common method for suicide causing more gun deaths than homicides. The carnage continues. The gun industry is in bed with the nation's most powerful lobby- the NRA. The carnage continues. Stolen guns get used to shoot innocent people. The carnage continues. Stand Your Ground laws are passed. The carnage continues. George Zimmerman kills Trayvon Martin. The carnage continues. Law abiding gun owning parents don't store their loaded guns away from their children at home or in their cars. The carnage continues. Militia groups increase in number and make threats. The carnage continues. The far right fringe gets louder. The carnage continues. We don't speak out against the fringe element. The carnage continues. A U.S. Congresswoman is shot and almost dies. We do nothing. The carnage continues. School shootings continue. We do nothing. The carnage continues. People are shot in movie theaters, at malls, at nursing homes, in churches, everywhere. The NRA says that's why we need more guns. More guns don't make us safer. People with guns don't stop other people with guns often. The Second Amendment is used as cover to do nothing. Sad. The carnage continues.
Other countries act after mass shootings. The U.S. does nothing. The carnage continues. Other countries experience the carnage only rarely. In America it is an every day experience. The carnage continues. Until we do something to prevent it. Prevention is possible. We do nothing. The carnage continues. We can protect our citizens from the carnage. But we do nothing. The carnage continues.
Today we remember the victims of the shooting in Norway one year ago. They have names. Their families and friends miss them. Their lives were snuffed out in an instant by a deranged gunman. It happened quickly and unexpectedly. Senseless carnage. 77 in just hours. Today there will be a memorial service for the 12 who died in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. What will President Obama say? Will he have the nerve to be bold? Or will he fall into the same old mantra of supporting the Second Amendment, but......We shouldn't let him get away with that. We should demand action. Without action, the carnage continues. The public wants action. They don't want more words. Senseless. More lives will be snuffed out in minutes. More candles lit. More words of sympathy. No action. Senseless.
Occasionally a piece crosses my computer that must be shared. Such is this wonderfully written piece about the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado and our American gun culture. New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik has this to say:
All I can say is thank you, Adam, for your eloquence. This morning at my church, there were tears and prayers for the victims and prayers for common sense. If I asked every person sitting in the pews if they thought we should pass reasonable gun laws, the answer would have been a resounding YES! The public is fed up with the NRA and our own elected leaders hiding behind the Second Amendment as an excuse for failure on their own part to protect us all from shootings by crazed and revengeful people. Kids and adults alike should be able to go to school, movies, the mall and anywhere else without fear of being shot. And the answer is not for more people to be carrying guns in those places. More guns do not make us safer. The answer is not to have metal detectors in every nook and cranny of our communities. Enough. The answer does not lie with the pathetic attempts of our own President and lawmakers to avoid the obvious. I heard in church this morning that if you observe something, you are obligated to do something- to act. We have all observed yet another horrific mass shooting in America. We are obligated to act. The time is now. More from the article:Only in America. Every country has, along with its core civilities and traditions, some kind of inner madness, a belief so irrational that even death and destruction cannot alter it. In Europe not long ago it was the belief that “honor” of the nation was so important that any insult to it had to be avenged by millions of lives. In America, it has been, for so long now, the belief that guns designed to kill people indifferently and in great numbers can be widely available and not have it end with people being killed, indifferently and in great numbers. The argument has gotten dully repetitive: How does one argue with someone convinced that the routine massacre of our children is the price we must pay for our freedom to have guns, or rather to have guns that make us feel free? You can only shake your head and maybe cry a little. “Gun Crazy” is the title of one the best films about the American romance with violence. And gun-crazy we remain.
Sad. The carnage continues. Senseless. Hypocritical. Unacceptable. Time for action.But nothing changes: the blood lobby still blares out its certainties, including the pretense that the Second Amendment—despite the clear grammar of its first sentence—is designed not to protect citizen militias but to make sure that no lunatic goes unarmed. (Jill Lepore wrote about the history of the Second Amendment in The New Yorker recently.) Make sure that guns designed for no reason save to kill people are freely available to anyone who wants one—and that is, and remains, the essential American condition—and then be shocked when children are killed. For all the good work the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence tries to do, nothing changes. On the last episode of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom,” Jeff Daniels’s character, in a scene set shortly before the Gabrielle Giffords gun massacre, was thought to display political courage by showing, accurately enough, that it’s a lie to say that Barack Obama is in any way in favor of gun control. This was said in Obama’s defense.