posted on Jan, 12 2011 @ 10:37 PM
Six dead, fourteen wounded. A tragedy no doubt.
But if this had happened in an inner city slum as a result of gang violence.
Or had been the product of messed up bank robbery.
Would we know or care nationally? The main reason we know is that it happened to have involved public/political figures. Yes, if the event hadn't
occurred with high profile figures it still would have gotten news coverage on the local and state level, it might have even been a blurb on the
national news. But people are the victims of violent crimes everyday. Where is their presidential moment of silence? Where is the national condolences
for grieving families of everyday senseless violence? Are homemakers and department store employees or children who don't happen to be standing next
to political figures any less deserving of our sympathies, any less human or entitled to life?
Would new congressional laws be proposed/enacted? And the law about not being able to be armed within 1000 feet of a congressperson is the type of
ridiculous thing that's driving me batsh** about this whole thing. A congressperson is more entitled to life/protection then a 9 year old girl?
Somehow by being elected to office you become mystically more sacred?
Yes it's a tragedy, it's horrible. And if it had been gang violence, or a robbery gone south, we wouldn't be crawling inside a sicko's head
looking for motivations (and I'm guilty of that just as much as anyone else), we'd accept the fact that he's a criminal, feel sorry for those who
suffered and move on. We wouldn't have a nation polarized about rhetoric, or gun control. We wouldn't have calls for new legislation against freedom
of speech or the right to own guns.
I just think we need to take a moment and get a little perspective.