Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald

Perfect Sermon for Sunday: 

"Come, then. Let us weep for the 20 children shot to pieces by the young man who invaded their elementary school wielding semiautomatic weapons. Let us mourn for the six adults who could not save the children, could not save themselves, who died as the children died, shot multiple times at close range. Let us whisper our sorrows and shed our tears. Let us stagger against one another in our mountainous grief. Let us light our candles and leave them at makeshift shrines to be cared for by the uncaring sun and rain. 

 But let us also understand these as acts of moral masturbation, in that they satisfy some need, yet have no chance of producing anything of lasting consequence. Let us not pretend our sorrow in this moment means a damn thing or changes a damn thing, because it doesn’t and won’t. Not until or unless the American nation is finally willing to confront its unholy gun love." 

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 "Certainly the magnitude of what happened in Newtown seems to have imposed a rare lucidity upon the debate. One sees Sen. Joe Manchin, conservative Democrat from West Virginia and a staunch ally of the NRA, calling for gun control, and it is cause for hope. Then one hears Sen. Joe Lieberman suggest that video games may have played a role in the shooting. And Mike Huckabee says maybe it happened because the government no longer mandates prayer in schools. And Bob McDonnell, Virginia’s Republican governor, suggests the teachers should have been armed (as if the problem is that there were too few guns in that school). And hope chokes. 

 We have paid and continue to pay an obscene price for this lesson some of us obstinately refuse to learn. We paid it in Tucson and we paid it on the campus of Virginia Tech. We paid it at Columbine High and at a midnight showing of a Batman movie in Aurora, Colo. We’ve paid it in Compton, Calif., and Chicago, Ill., Washington, DC., and Norcross, Ga., We’ve paid it in Gilbert, Ariz., Bechtelsville, Penn., Prince George’s County, Md., Bay City, Tex., Copley, Ohio, Lauderdale Lakes and North Miami, Fla. Now we pay it in Newtown, Conn., in the blood of teachers and young children. 

We have paid more than enough. And our choice could be not be more clear. We can continue with acts of moral masturbation. We can harrumph and pontificate about how the problem is video games or the problem is a lack of prayer or the problem is too few guns. Or we can finally agree that the problem is obvious: too many people who should not have guns, do. 

 Unless we achieve the simple courage to reach that consensus, nothing else we do will change anything. Let us weep, let us mourn. Let us whisper sorrow and shed tears. Meanwhile, frightened children return to school in Newtown. 

 And bullets keep raining down." 


6 comments:

KP said...

Leonard Pitts should offer some suggestions on where to go from herte.

He wants to regulate guns. I get it. But like so many ideologues he drives people into opposing camps; they get defensive.

On the other hand, if we discuss common interests we will find ways to realize common goals.

Successful politics isn't as much about what you believe as it is moving in that direction. The far left and right would be better served by considering this.

Obama is a great example of this and that is why he got the center.

Rational Nation USA said...

Reasonable and responsible gun owners are not part of out problem, anymore that reasonable and responsible advocates for reasonable, responsible, and effective firearm control are a threat to our right to own firearms.

Perhaps reasonable, responsible individuals from both of these groups hold the key to the solution the nation needs.

Extremism, whether from the right, or the left, is counterproductive to finding a lasting solution.

In the meantime I and many other brothers in iron will be doing a benefit bench press meet in New Hartford December 30th to raise money for the Newtown CT. Parents Connection, a community group that supports children in the community. It is being sponsored by Iron Horse Strength and Fitness in New Hartford, CT.

Shaw Kenawe said...

KP, I think Pitts offers a suggestion here when he writes:

"We can harrumph and pontificate about how the problem is video games or the problem is a lack of prayer or the problem is too few guns. Or we can finally agree that the problem is obvious: too many people who should not have guns, do.

Unless we achieve the simple courage to reach that consensus, nothing else we do will change anything."

The first step, it is said, in solving a problem is admitting you have one. At this point, according to recent polls, the American people admit we have a gun problem. The next step is to arrive at a consensus on how to deal with it.

We have more guns in circulation than any other advanced society on the planet, and we have horrendously high numbers of deaths by firearms than any other advanced society on the planet. IMO, those two things are connected.

Unless people can honestly face that, I'm afraid we will continue to see more hideous slaughter of more children, women and men.

RN,

Good going. And good luck with your money raising organization. Kudos.

KP said...

<< Or we can finally agree that the problem is obvious: too many people who should not have guns, do. Unless we achieve the simple courage to reach that consensus, nothing else we do will change anything." >>

We have already established this by veritable consensus. We don't need Nugent or LaPierre to agree. It didn't take any courage. He is singing to the choir. I would like to hear more specifics. The kind we have discussed here.

KP said...

Have fun Les, and good luck on meeting your goals this year, individually and with the group.

Rational Nation USA said...

Thanks KP, I'm looking forward to it. Merry Christmas to you and yours.