Thoughts on today’s tragedy in Connecticut
Earlier today, as I was having my first cup of coffee, I came across some inspiring words written by my favorite theologian, Huston Smith. Smith’s words appeared in the banner of my daily planner for today, December 14th, 2012. So inspired was I, by Smith’s uplifting words, that I abandoned the post I was currently working on, a post calling for federal government restrictions on certain types of firearms. So thinking this ‘gun post’ would keep for awhile, I began work on a post in which I intended to impart some great words of wisdom from H. Smith…
…both posts now lie on the hard drive of my laptop, incomplete and unlikely to be finished any time soon. The tragic events of today have seen to that.
After the senseless shootings in Connecticut, even the most well crafted words of the world’s greatest theologian ring hollow, and any discussion of gun control would be akin to a discussion of life-boat safety in the wake of the Titanic sinking.
So, unable to post either, I will post this one:
In the upcoming days we will hear a call for change. If you attend movies, shop in a mall, send your children to schools, or drive on a freeway, you should listen closely to this call, because if you don’t you may not hear again for a very, very long time.
And don’t worry:
This call will not be a call for sportsmen to turn over their shotguns to jack-booted thugs. Nor will it involve any of you folks (who by the friggin’ gazillions), have applied for, and have received, concealed weapons permits – your weaponry is safe.
There will be a call for some common sense in what kind of weapons we allow people to possess.
And by the way, now that I think of it I think they did begin to discuss life-boat safety issues very soon after the Titanic sank.
Trop: Of course there is much to say as to why and how massacres like this one happens, but now is not the time. It’s only sadness and an absolute sense of futility that we feel.now and,for me right now, no real hope that we have the will to rid our society of “weapons of mass distruction”. If pressed, I might admit to some hope but it feels real dim now.