A Moment of Silence. A Lifetime of Loud Outrage

16 Apr

Spelling and grammar mistakes aside, every comment board I visited is exactly the same today. A group of people screaming about how it was “the other guy’s” fault that a sick human obtained a rifle, ammunition and killed thirty three people. People blaming democrats, liberals, Bush, Reagan, The 2nd Amendment, and in one memorable case, the 18th Amendment (prohibition for those who have better things to do than keep count.)

Thirty three people are dead. No mention of their politics, their party affiliations, their stand on gun control. A human being perpetrated this crime and if you are a human being, especially a sentient one, then you are responsible for responding in a way that improves the human condition. Politicizing the issue, especially with “my side/your side” comments is small minded foolishness.

This isn’t just an American problem; human beings have the capacity to kill in large numbers as evidenced by the daily suicide bombings in the Middle East. Hundreds were killed in Beslan. Apparently we are so naive we actually believe, as a species, that this problem has a single solution. That somehow voting Bush out of office would stop the madness, that if we banned guns, or movies with guns, or video games, if we could just GO BACK to a time before massacres like this were possible.

You’d have to go back to at least 1763, before Native Americans made what could have been a political/social statement by massacring Enoch Brown and his students. The reasons for the scalping, which were part of a larger epidemic of murders, are not fully known because we killed all the people who dared stop us from stealing their land.

Countries are built on theft, murders, crucifixions, and the idea that if it serves a greater good it must be okay. That logic pretty much excuses every kind of behavior. So was this shooter thinking that his actions were for the greater good? If tomorrow we ban every gun in the world and send them into space like some Superman episode, will we look at these 33 victims (and I include the shooter in that) as noble sacrifices for the cause?

Is it possible that the phrase “culture of life” is just that, a catch phrase, and one that the Bush administration uses when the lives “saved” are fetuses instead of inmates, Iraqis, or people that disagree with us?

Is it possible that instead of pointing fingers, every single human being could sit down tonight and figure out how they contributed to a world where this is possible? Did you forget to vote? Did you forget to read the constitution of your country? Did you stop to think about your actions? Could you be the butterfly that flapped its wings and caused this hurricane?

Long story short? Unless we each take personal responsibility for the angriest and most disenfranchised on this planet and try to help (and I’m not talking proselytizing since nobody can eat scripture) we are all culpable. All blamable. We are all loudmouth jerks screaming about the wrong amendment.

And that sucks.

2 Responses to “A Moment of Silence. A Lifetime of Loud Outrage”

  1. krasstin April 30, 2007 at 8:37 am #

    you are amazing. truly. how are you so right about so many things. this is so good i could nearly steal it for my blog and credit you at the bottom in really really small print.

  2. krasstin April 30, 2007 at 8:37 am #

    you are amazing. truly. how are you so right about so many things. this is so good i could nearly steal it for my blog and credit you at the bottom in really really small print.

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