Saturday, January 8, 2011 there was a shooting about six miles from my place of work. I'm sure you all know about it by now. I can't really take ownership like parilous stated in her post about this as I have never been to that shopping center, rarely go near that part of town, and pretty much only shop at a Safeway if it's the most convenient store if I need something.
I'd like to think that this is the first step towards a revolution of taking back speech to more civil discourse. To abolish the "second amendment remedies" nonsense that is spewed out by people who think this is a game. In the grand scheme of things, it probably doesn't matter that this event occurred and that tomorrow moments of silence will be held and in a few months it will be a blip on the news cycle and in a few decades it will be a footnote of more "dangerous" times. But, for now, it is important to understand that everything you do has a consequence. Freedoms carry responsibilities and while you think something is just a game of politics and a well reasoned person knows that it's empty rhetoric; you have to remember: not everyone is a well reasoned person.
Right now should not be a time of conservative versus liberal, Republican versus Democrat, or right versus left, instead it should be a time when every reasonable person stands up and says, "Stop. Just stop. You need to shut the fuck up with the 'kill 'em all, let god sort 'em up' nonsense and DISCUSS the issues that face all of us today!"
So, if you are near those who are giddy or find this hysterical, stand up and give them the dressing down they deserve about showing common decency in a time of mourning. I can only hope that this doesn't become a political issue, rather it becomes an example of needing to understand that the time for political theater is over and real work needs to be done.