Another post on guns, I might get stuck on this for awhile

<a href="/files/93836-86581/The_Last.mp3″>Insightful interview on NPR about gun control.

I encourage you to listen to the above link.  A lot of people hoped for a meaningful dialogue on guns after the latest tragedy, the above is an excellent start.  The NRA on the other hand just blamed crazy people and movies.  It is funny that the NRA thinks we’re the only country with crazy people, violent movies and video games (Japan has all of this as well and a tiny fraction of the violence). 

Here’s the NRA news conference with a poignant protester.


Did Someone Say Altruism?

I spent last week in the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, definitely one of the finest places I’ve ever been. Everything about the hotel and the land it is on, is spectacular and beautiful. The hotel sits at the base of the mountains and you feel like you’re in a painting, its just too nice to be real. Friday, I checked out of the room, caught a shuttle to the Denver Airport (1 hour and 20 minute drive) and went on my iPad to search how much a vacation at the Broadmoor would be, it turns out to be well beyond my budget. Before I closed the web browser, I checked and saw the most horrible news I’ve ever seen. All the others on the bus were laughing and having a great time and I couldn’t even share the news, I couldn’t even click on the link and read more about it, I just saw the headline, a picture of parents embracing a child as they all were crying, and then turned off the iPad.

I called home and told Jaclyn how much I loved her and the kids, I was on my way home and couldn’t wait to give them all long hugs and big kisses. My connecting flight was delayed in Chicago O’Hare. I sat on the floor in front of a TV monitor watching the President cry while reflecting on the event, it may have just been me, but I swear I’ve never felt such a miasma in the air, the normal frenetic energy of the airport was replaced with solemn expression as folks were pulled to their destinations.

As I sat on the plane, so many thoughts crossed my mind: what an absolute deplorable human being that carried out this act, those poor innocent children who endured such horror, the parents who’ll live the rest of their lives knowing their children’s life was taken by a monster, will this lead to a more productive discussion on gun control, how do we honor and best move forward, what can I do?

In my last posting, I referred to our generation as the Hollow Generation and it will be very interesting to see how we react to this awful event. This tragedy is a big dilemma for the hollow men (I am giving a very big nod to T.S. Eliot’s poem, The Hollow Men). We need bravery, we need people to stand up to the lunatics who think these kind of automatic rifles with huge magazines are necessary (I am not opposed to gun ownership, but am very opposed to people owning AK-47s or worse). We need bravery to live in a world of guns without one. If we solve the gun problem with more guns, the problem will only get worse. We need altruism and to stand up for our most vulnerable (that includes the people who are unstable and could do this kind of horror without intervention. We need to do something, or else this will indeed happen over and over again and eventually in your home town.

What am I going to do?
1. Sign this:
2. Channel the voice of these children, ask them what they’d like you to do & do it

From TS Eliot’s The Hollow Men:

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.