Monday, December 17, 2012

Quote of the Day

"I knew that day that the ideologies of my past career were no longer relevant to the future that I want, that I demand for my children. Friday changed everything. It must change everything. We all must begin anew and demand that Washington's old way of doing business is no longer acceptable. Entertainment moguls don't have an absolute right to glorify murder while spreading mayhem in young minds across America. And our Bill of Rights does not guarantee gun manufacturers the absolute right to sell military-style, high-caliber, semi-automatic combat assault rifles with high-capacity magazines to whoever the hell they want. It is time for Congress to put children before deadly dogmas. It's time for politicians to start focusing more on protecting our schoolyards than putting together their next fundraiser. It's time for Washington to stop trying to win endless wars overseas when we're losing the war at home ... For the sake of my four children and yours, I choose life and I choose change."

-- Joe Scarborough

This. Exactly.

In one form or another, I've covered news for two decades -- and I've never experienced an event that's shaken me to my very core like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Never. I've never had something so swiftly and assuredly challenge almost everything I believe in and force me to question my own views and the ferocity with which I hold and defend them. Like a lot of people, I've never looked at the images on my TV, read the stories in print, and felt so utterly lost -- and so positive that the risk of taking action is worth the potential reward. No, you can't child-proof the world, but you can fight with everything inside you to at least make it as safe as possible for our kids.

I understand that time will pass and, as with 9/11, things will eventually go back to "normal" -- but they shouldn't. It's such a tired cliché, but we can never forget what happened last Friday because if we do, we'll be betraying all we purport to stand for as a nation and as those with an obligation to be the guardians of the most innocent and trusting among us. If we can't at least try to keep them safe from living nightmares like this, what good are we?

Scarborough's right. How many others stand with him?


Anonymous said...

It's interesting how the media is finally willing to talk about the connection between mental health, poverty and violence, but still seems to completely avoid discussing how the death penalty, US sanctioned killings overseas (of children too), war, corporate destruction of individuals, etc... have led to a country where violence is now expected, and people live in fear.
I am very pro-gun control, but there are counties like Switzerland that are full of guns, yet not violence. And although certain movies and video games seem to exacerbate the problem, many relatively peaceful countries are exposed to those as well.
As Michael Moore Tweeted, "The short term solution? A law immediately banning semi-automatic weapons & mega-clips. Must have license to own gun. Must pass mental exam. The long term solution to reducing gun deaths is to change our society from one of perpetual war and fear to one of peace and tolerance."
It's great that people like Scarborough are willing to speak out, but is there really a strong will in the US for painful truth seeking, and radical change in domestic AND foreign policy?

Anonymous said...

Every country that gets rid of the guns has lower gun violence. Yet the fucking NRA wants more guns out there. Really? Gee if only those six year olds had guns this wouldn't have happened. If only their teachers were packing. It's a wild west mentality without any understanding of history. The towns that made people check their guns while they were in the the town had lower gun violence, i.e., no guns no shooting. The math is pretty simple.

Anonymous said...

And there's this:

Which leaves me speechless.

Benoit from Ottawa said...

Good post, anonymous. Lousy handle though, choose another, would you? Even if it's anonymous1...

Riles said...

Yes. We need more of this to get through the thick skulls of idiots like Louie Gohmert who seriously think there should be someone armed in every single fucking school. That guys, and people like him, need to be run out of office.

Anonymous said...

But Chez, what is fucking appalling is who the hell are the adversaries in all of this? The N.R.A. and its members who have this selfish, diabolical need to arm themselves or preserve their filthy gun-hunting habits. It's actial self-serving dip shits that have the ear to a tremendous lobby in Congress, and for fucking WHAT? So they can have fun hunting. Go find another hobby. Thank you

Tom Mullen

Anonymous said...

And now the Tea Party has put a screed, part of which says if only the school, every school had a George Zimmerman guarding its entrance than things like this would never have happened -- and that's their good suggestion.

bafreeman said...

To which we can all reply, "Adam Lanza's mother knew how to shoot--and she got killed with her own fucking gun."

Alex Barreto said...

This really surprised me. And it also gave me hope that something could be done to stop the close to blanket access to these implements of death. (I don't even want to call them guns anymore. They are what they are and they are implements of death.)

I've never been a fan of guns and this tragedy really anchored that in me. I can't hear the words "responsible gun owner" now and not say to myself "So what. The 'responsible gun owner' got blasted in the face by her own son while she lay in bed before killing twenty 6 and 7 year olds. 6 & 7. They were fucking 6 & 7". Knowing how strongly those feelings fused themselves in my psyche, I was convinced that everyone who thought that guns are a birthright would be just as cemented in their views. This event destroyed the middle ground and no one would ever cross over to the other side in their views ever again. Or so I thought.

Responsible voices are emerging and speaking out. I hope action will follow, damn the political consequences. Seeing this makes me think that at the very least some progress might be made in making us a better, safer society. If we do nothing, then the blame for the next one lies on us.

Anonymous said...

Great term - instruments of death.

Guess a dick loaded with HIV is now an instrument of death.

Guess we should call the number one killer of kids in Africa the term it deserves...

I just don't understand how a kid produced from our public school system could come out with such low self esteem that he would resort to violence using an instrument of death.

We put so much effort telling kids these days that they are good enough, that we love them, that dog gonnit peace love and understanding should rule the world.

Just bought myself a 45 ACP with three mags of 13 clips.

Bite me.

Chez said...

I'm trying to figure out your point but for the life of me I have no idea what it is.