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    You can't let your heart harden. Many of the "gun fetishists", if not most of them, have been radicalized by the non-stop propaganda coming from the gun lobby and their mouthpieces. They come from a place of fear.

    I know the anger, trust me. I have spoken many times about how close this hit home for me-I worked at a health center 10 minutes away from SHS, and some of these children and their families were patients there. I even considered moving to Sandy Hook at one point, in part because of how great the school system is, and also because it is just such a small, pretty little town that seemed like the perfect place to set roots and raise a family. My daughter is 6, in the first grade. Had I moved, she would have been in one of those classrooms.

    When this happened, I did not stop crying for a week. I slept in my daughters bed for almost 2 weeks, and still had nightmares every night. I hated guns, and the fact  that I owned one made me sick. I wanted to take it out to the back yard and smash it into pieces with a sledge hammer. I wanted to go to every house in the country and grab every single AR-15 that anyone owned, and throw them into a burn heap, along with the 2nd Amendment. I wanted to shoot Wayne LaPierre and ask him how he liked it. I saw a man at the grocery store wearing a shirt with an AR-15 on it that said "come and take it" and I wanted to march right up to him and punch him in the face, then ask him where I could find it. If my daughter wasn't with me, I probably would have. That is how angry I was.

    I have only now started to come back to earth, to the point where I can talk about this rationally. I think the fact that I was a gun owner once makes me more empathetic, but when you talk to people on an individual level you realize that most of them are heartbroken about this too, and more open to compromise than you might think. It can be exhausting, but there are a lot of guns in this country and a lot of people who own them, and demonizing them won't accomplish anything other than radicalizing them further, and making the possibility of passing anything pretty much impossible.

    When your heart hardens, remember what Noah's grandmother said:

    Many of them are parents though. Because of our shared humanity, I know that in private these fathers and mothers are thinking: "What if it had been my kid? Would I still feel that the right to own semi-automatic weapons is more sacred than the right of my child to his or her life?"
    If she is able to see their humanity, after seeing her precious, beautiful grandson with half of his face blown off and 11 bullets in his small body, there is no reason any of us cannot do the same.

    You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

    by SwedishJewfish on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 11:14:23 PM PST

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