Thursday, January 13, 2011
WHAT CAN I DO ?
<---- This is the porch of the gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, who is accused of shooting Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford and 19 others in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, the 7th of January.
It's a skull sitting atop a pot filled with shriveled oranges. It suggests a chilling occult dimension in Loughner's mind.
Today feels like yesterday.
There are bulletins on the Congresswoman's condition -- hopeful quotes, though at best, she'll probably be another Jim Brady, the aide who was shot in the head when an attempt was made to assassinate President Ronald Reagan.
Brady and his wife have spent the last 30 years fighting for gun control, working with therapists, trying find ways to help him get back into the world.
What's happening right now? Lots of speeches, lots of comments. The kid/man/boy who is being arraigned for the shooting, appears to be one more mentally ill child, who's responding to the way the world is -- the ads, movies, media, TV, and famous leaders-celebrities-politicians in our country and around the world.
Who hasn't been affected by the violence, the horrifying behavior that's infected, continues to infect/affect everyone?
Meanwhile, there's very little "let's-fix-it " talk about gun control. Representatives Mike Lee and Senator Rand Paul, (Republicans), are already defending our current gun laws. Paul quoted the usual line on CNN -- "Weapons don't kill people; it's the individual that kills these people."
Caroline McCarthy, a Democrat, is working on new gun-control legislation, but it's unclear if the nation will get behind it -- an October poll showed 44 percent of Americans favored stricter gun control laws, down 78 percent in 1990.
I'm having a bad day. I'm remembering "Fort Hood." Perhaps the name echoes in your mind the same as it does in mine, and suggests another similar disaster -- murder -- a lot of people murdered by a man who was "off his rocker" crazed, mentally ill.
It happened November 2009.
Has anything been done, or changed since then? Has anything really changed since 1999, and Columbine High School? We've had how many murderous school kids -- bringing weapons to school, planning rape, attempting murder?
How many riveting local terrorist dramas have we experienced vicariously, with headlines, comments, lurid photos, gory details infecting us -- affecting me, affecting kids?
You can become very famous if you attempt to murder a celebrity -- you'll be in encyclopedias. Maybe your life story will be told in a movie with a star playing YOU.
What can I do? Everything I'm saying here you've heard. You know the commandment -- THOU SHALT NOT KILL.
Hey guys, everyone who reads this -- talk up gun control. chant it, write a song, or a poem, tell your friends, neighbors, put a comment, a shouting declaration anyplace you can find on the Internet or in the supermarket -- THOU SHALT NOT KILL.
We need gun control.
If you can't get anyone to listen, what should you do? Pray.