Don’t Let It Fade

The country was in shock Friday night and Saturday morning. A shooting in a sold-out movie theater? It’d be… oh my god… a massacre. Fish in a barrel. Where would anyone hide from the spray of rapid-fire bullets?

Nowhere, it turns out. Twelve dead. Over fifty more wounded, with a bunch still in the hospital in serious or critical condition.

The arguments and name calling started soon after. For every person decrying our nation’s poor mental health care and easy ability to procure assault rifles, another was proclaiming that ‘guns don’t kill people’ and that we have a Constitutional right to bear arms. I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on television, but I do like a well-written, well-thought out essay. Turns out Jason Alexander wrote one in answer to the lovely people who had been calling him a LOT of bad names on Twitter.

Please read Mr. Alexander’s essay here: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/if2nht

And please, please be mindful of the mental health of those near and dear to you. Please be informed about gun control and what it will and won’t do. It comes down to this: no one should need an assault weapon unless they’re in the army. Seriously, if you think elk and deer are REALLY that much of a threat to your person, you may have other problems that need to be addressed besides people restricting what you perceive as your Constitutional rights.

Don’t forget this tragedy. Don’t wait until it happens yet again. Please contact your local congress-person or senator and encourage them to resume talking about assault weapon control. Let’s start doing something to protect our children and their children, instead of being so damned scared and paranoid. No one wants to confiscate a collection of antique rifles or restrict the ability to legally hunt. But we cannot, and will not, stand by and watch our citizens be mindlessly slaughtered.

Remember Springfield, Oregon. Remember Virginia Tech. Remember Columbine.

Don’t let Aurora fade from your memory.

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2 Responses

  1. Amen, Jules!!

  2. […] July, I wrote a post about the Aurora shooting at the movie theater in Colorado. I closed it by asking you to not let the Aurora tragedy fade, as […]

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