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  • Spoiler Alert....this is as close to a rant as I likely will ever come on Cowbird. But I have to get something off my chest. I really do. I checked our guidelines and have spent the last two hours or so thinking about what to do about this need to say what I am feeling. This truly is about "how we (I) make sense of the world around us (me)," at what I think is a particularly powerful moment. I particularly hope that I do not give offense within our dear community. I believe the strongest communities thrive because they talk things through. With respect.

    Shame!

    Today, a week after last Friday's (the latest American) slaughter, the NRA spoke, an hour after the bells stopped tolling for the gunned down children and teachers.

    Their “solution?”

    Armed guards in schools.

    More guns.

    With whatever respect might conceivably be due, I believe they are mad....as in "madness."

    As in deranged.
  • Shame on the masters of war.

    Shame on the merchants of death.

    Shame on all who perpetuate the madness of violence.

    Extra shame (if possible) on those who blaspheme by hiding their agenda of sustained violence behind certain "values" to which they pay cynical lip-service.

    The hypocrisy is as incomprehensible and indefensible as the violence itself.
  • It's long past time for a change.

    How many more will die - in schools, on the streets, in wars - before we all say "enough?"

    Time to wage us some peace.

    ....written by a man who grew up in a rural community and always had guns around us as kids....a man who years ago hunted....a man who is not anti-gun....a man who is sick (I mean really sick) of the entire culture of violence....a man who has wept many, many tears this past week....a man who, yes, knows that "guns don't kill, people kill"....a man who cannot understand how we have let this nation come to be bullied by the violence & death merchants to the extent it has....a man who, with revulsion in his stomach from the NRA press conference, nevertheless has faith & hope alive in his heart despite the cynicism that is so understandably rampant today.

    If I could have one wish, it might be to live long enough to see the tide change in all of this.

    And it's not just about guns, is it?

    Let us not forget, we are complicit if we are silent.

    This I believe.


    (all images were found online without credits for their creators)
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