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  • This evening I found myself watching the first television interview with Malala Yousufzai, the 14 year old girl shot in the head by the Pakistan Taliban for speaking about out the rights she and other women are forbidden.

    I cannot recall ever being so aware of beholding a truly extraordinary human being...she literally took my breath away.

    The mind-blower is that our species also contains people like the craven/bully mouthpiece of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre...who fills airwaves and minds with his mercenary babble about "rights."

    On one hand a beautiful human who could be sainted. On the other, well, you fill in the blanks.

    I look at Malala and think of saints...I look at the other and find myself thinking (and don't ask me where this comes from) that his breath might well be that of Hannibal Lecter's.

    What an amazing world it is in which we live.

    Coda: a while back I posted a piece I titled "Shame!" I struggled with myself before posting that story...just as I find myself again, now, trying to think through my motivation(s) in posting this new piece. In the end, this piece is NOT about gun rights, or about a saintly young girl or about a frothing hireling. It is really only about my wonder as I contemplate the human condition. If you are curious (or upset or anything else), I wrote a bit in "Shame!" about my motivation, my concern in being direct about this subject within our community, and my own background with guns. I promise not to make a habit of this....but some things you just have to get off your chest.

    Besides, the world should know more about the message Malala exemplifies.

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