After Saturday’s tragic events, where our Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others were shot at a “Congress on Your Corner”, it’s hard to put my shocked emotions and thoughts into coherent words.
While it is easy to place blame on one side that seems to encourage violence as a means to express their opposition (and I could go on and on about certain hateful people who have done this), we all need to stop, take a moment, and declare that we want to stop the hate. We cannot allow anyone, on any side of any debate, to continue to use the threat of implied violence or outright violence to express their opposition to others.
Please watch this video – Keith Oldermann does an outstanding job of putting my thoughts into words and expressing what I hope many are feeling about this event.
Also, you can sign this petition calling on every member of Congress, as well as the major TV news networks, to put an end to any overt or implied appeals to violence in our political debate.
Take the time to think – what kind of country do we can our children to grow up in? Not this one the way it currently is, I have to say. We have to take a stand and make this change now.
Six people died this weekend as a result of these event. That’s six too many.
There were some wonderfully heroic people that day – in addition to all the medical and police responders who saved lives, there were those who tackled the gunman to save the lives of their fellow citizens. Here’s a link to the 61-year old woman who wrestled the gun magazine away from the gun man, as he attempted to reload.
Be brave. Stop the hate.