Again

March 22nd, 2021

Boulder. A place where I’ve lived; a place my family has very strong connections to, past and present.

Here we are again in the aftermath of gun violence. It cannot be reconciled — the sadness, with powerlessness, with anger and disappointment, with fear of being next, with recurrent tragedy. Thoughts and prayers do nothing to make change or bring people back. I do not know where we go from here, except to the next time. It is a terrifying reality of life in the U.S., another step closer this time.

K.

19 comments

  • These are such dark days. Surely there will be change you think, but if Sandy Hook couldn’t be transformative it’s hard to hold out much hope. I share your anger and disappointment tonight Kelly.

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    • Thank you, Andrew. Agreed, Sandy Hook should have been a pivotal moment in our history but there are larger forces and organizations in effect than even the majority of Americans and an endless list of tragedies cannot move to rational thinking. That lack of rational thinking, which seems to be everywhere these days, is maybe the greatest danger, in my opinion. Thanks again.

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  • Sorry to read this, Kelly 😦

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  • I keep starting to type, then backspace, type, backspace. What more can we say, sickeningly inured as we are in this country to gun violence? I guess it’s that we cannot let ourselves become numb, or the acts become customary, whether they hit close to home or not (and this one surely did for us and our son). What terrifies me is what Andrew wrote: if we cannot see our way to common sense after our children are shot to death, how will we ever get the whole way to wisdom and logic with a large chunk of our populace? Terrible day. Again.

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    • I hope you and your son are doing okay. Andrew’s thought and yours underline the worst possibility that we may not get there or return to sensibility, safety, protection, compassion. It’s a sad time in so many ways, but to know we’re in a truly different era may be the worst part of the reality.

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  • From this distance away, in the UK, it’s so hard for us to comprehend US gun laws, all we can do is share your sadness and hope for a better future.

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  • Over and over. A darkness that is supported by the gun lobby, white supremacists, the majority of fundamentalists, and most Republican lawmakers. Strong gun control laws won’t eliminate the violence, but they will help reduce it. Peggy was standing in line to pick up a prescription at a grocery store last week and a man in front of her had a pistol strapped to his hip and was wearing a red MAGA hat. He was for God, Guns and Trump. Make America Great Again. Right. Instead of a chicken in every pot, let’s have a pistol on every hip. Or better yet, an AR 15 on every shoulder. Why shoot one person when you can shoot a bunch?

    Most people in the US abhor the violence and want to see effective gun control laws, Kelly. The only way to assure this will happen is to make sure that the majority of Americans have a chance to be heard. The voter suppression laws being pushed by Republicans in states with Republican legislators are designed with the sole purpose of making sure this doesn’t happen. If they succeed, neither gun control legislation nor any of the other actions needed to move America forward toward a more positive future stand much of a chance.

    The single most important piece of legislation in Washington at this time is HR 1, the proposed law that will assure that the voter suppression laws fail and that the right to vote in the US is both protected and encouraged. It must be passed. The elimination or reform of the filibuster will be neccesary to achieve this. As it will be necessary for any effective gun control legislation. We can control the violence and reduce the carnage. It doesn’t have to be endless. –Curt

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    • Thank you, Curt. I always appreciate your well informed and straightforward thoughts on issues such as this. You tell it like it is, without fear, and we all need to hear it that way if we’re ever going to move forward. What astonishes me is that the NRA had about five million members (when I last checked) while our population is around 325 million. That disparity in number vs. influence and control just confounds me. Not to mention what a different world it was when the second amendment was ratified — one without automatic weapons that have no place in civilian daily life. And voter suppression is so anti-American, so contrary to everything the country was founded on. I try to remain hopeful but it’s so hard as the carnage continues. I hope the youth growing up with this will someday make the change if we can’t do it first through congressional action. Thank you again for your thought and care in commenting.

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      • The NRA is in disarray and the Trump party is a minority, Kelly. If Biden and the Democrats in Congress can derail the Republican attempts to suppress voters and increase majorities in the Senate and House in 2022, I think that there is a real chance for signigficant gun control legislation. We’ll see. I have to remain optimistic. With you, I fear for the immediate future. Fingers crossed. –Curt

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  • So heartbreaking. So incomprehensible. I’m so sorry Kelly.
    Hugs
    Alison

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  • Yes, you always read or hear about it ‘somewhere else’. Then it strikes near home, or at home. This or other horrible events. Tornadoes were always something I saw on the Weather Channel. Then 2002, the town in MD I passed through on the way to and from work was leveled by an F4. And, only 5 minutes after myself and my shift team had passed through on our way home from work. We all had friends from work who lived in that town. Most survived. But, a few did not. One we had just seen earlier in the day. Young, happy, healthy, but suddenly gone.

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    • That is really sad and surely hard to grasp happening so suddenly. And yes, near or at home adds another dimension of impact. I lived in Kansas for a little while when I was 4-5 years old and know the fear and destruction that comes with tornadoes; hiding in the basement waiting for storms to pass; also with a powerless feeling of not being in control of anything. Tragedy comes in many forms, near and far. Live every day. Thanks, Kevin.

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  • It’s just completely nuts. I’ve been in Boulder a few times, I had a high school buddy who lived there for many years before moving to Lyons. Once upon a time, I figured it would take a gunman on the floor of the senate shooting congressmen for something to change, but now I wonder if even that would do it…

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    • So true, Dave. That question — what will it take — is becoming more terrifying. I thought the events of January 6th might move the needle, but I was wrong. As you say, it’s completely nuts. Trying to remain hopeful just gets harder.

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