Arizona Eagletarian

Arizona Eagletarian

Friday, December 14, 2012

How long will it take to forget this time?

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
That quote is often attributed to Albert Einstein. It doesn't matter to me who first coined the expression. However, I do care that we can reasonably attribute lack of action on the problem of gun violence to a mythology that has paralyzed American society.

There are academics and journalists in the US who have studied our country's gun culture. It would be redundant for me to reiterate the statistics on mass shootings, domestic violence, mental illness, and economic despair. Are those things at all related to preventable tragedies?

When will YOU decide that SOMETHING must be done?

Complex problems cannot be solved by unthinking, knee-jerk reactions. The problem of gun violence in America is complex. Complex solutions must be discussed and implemented. People with far more insight than what I have must get involved.

I can keep insisting that something be done. So that's what I hope to do.

If the NRA and commercial firearms interests want to be involved in the discussion, we should demand they move beyond today's prevailing mythologies. 

Is American society "insane" to allow ANYONE to invoke the mantra "the solution to gun violence is to have more guns?" When will we realize that the only result of such invocations has been to drop the issue until the next mass shooting?

When will YOU decide that something DIFFERENT must be done?

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Just in case it wasn't obvious, I do NOT know what will ultimately mitigate the problem of gun violence in America. I do not advocate "taking away all of our guns." I do think that perhaps one major obstacle to development of workable solutions is people fear that talking about solutions will lead to gun bans. We have to get BEYOND that fear.


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