Welcome to another day another mass shooting here in America. Not to sound like a broken record, but for lack of other words, my heart too is broken. That someone would storm Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct, of all places and pump bullets into the bodies of 26 human beings is beyond belief. That 20 were innocent children, six and seven year old babies, makes it that much more heartbreaking.
Barely has one cycle of mass killing ended when another starts. President Obama is again extending condolences to families who’ve lost loved ones in this continuing saga of mass murder. While we shake our heads and grouse about senseless violence in other parts of the world, I wonder when we Americans will admit our own tiny speck of the universe is also broken. Or will we remain the busy body neighbor, spreading everybody else’s business around while her own family is falling apart.
Aurora survivor, Stephen Barton, shot in the neck and face aired his disappointment over President Obama’s continued silence on the issue of gun control. Both he and NY City’s Mayor Bloomberg had hoped presidential candidates Mitt Romney and President Obama would make gun control a key talking point during the election. It never happened. Barton now wonders if this latest shooting, the malicious mowing down of children too young to even know what was happening, will finally give voice to a topic men with too much at stake dare speak of too loudly or at all.
America is broken and it’s time to admit it much like the alcoholic who must first acknowledge he’s an alcoholic before the healing begins. Before gun owners get indignant, first realize no one is trying to take away your 2nd Amendment right. Although it’s highly doubtful the Founding Fathers had weapons such as those used to commit mass killings in mind when they wrote the Bill of Rights. Or, suspect so many of us would fall head over heel in love with these high-powered instruments of death. We cling to them as though they were lovers and are quick to anger if someone hints at taking even one away.
Know this, when our own weapons are used to murder us, it’s time for a healing. When weapons we own kill or hurt those we profess to love, it’s time for a healing. When guns are often easier to get than birth control, it’s time for a healing. In order to begin healing, we must first talk about the elephant in the room. Too many guns are ending up in the hands of citizens who are hell bent on killing as many fellow citizens as possible.
Since we are such a reactionary people, we must strike while the deaths of 20 innocent children fuel us. Yes, today the President’s heart is broken and he’s vowing to do some things. Today, we must merge our voices with his and say enough already. The conversation must continue tomorrow and tomorrow until the politicians get that we are seriously tired of being broken. That we’re tired of mending other people’s fences while our own remains rotted and broken long overdue a repair.
There you have it, another day another mass killing. This time hopefully the sound of silence will be shattered. I pray this time our discontent and drive to safeguard ourselves against more senseless gun violence silence the crickets.
Twenty babies being mowed down in one day in one place has got to be the catalyst to bring about a change in this country’s broken gun laws. To again do nothing mean there will be more and more of these senseless killing sprees. Just imagine an America where one day 100 or more of our citizens are shot down in one place, by a single gunman or several and we lift our collective heads say, “how sad,” then return to doing whatever it was we were doing. Welcome to our new normal if we continue to speak not.