Usually before I put up a new blog post here, I’ll go to a news site to see if there are any breaking stories. I don’t want to put up something inappropriate. On Friday morning, I skipped doing that and ended up putting up a post that had “dead bodies” in its title. After doing that, I then went to a news site and found out about the Colorado theater shootings.
I changed the title of the post and added a link to the CBS News site. Then I thought about taking the post down altogether, but noticed through the stats on WordPress that people were visiting CBS News through my blog. I ended up doing the same thing for most of the day.
Throughout Friday as I watched the news on this horrible event, I felt sad and depressed. The gunman even shot small children. Why would anybody want to hurt small children? I couldn’t wrap my head around it.
By evening, I was becoming angry—angry about the gun laws in this country. I became so angry about it that I went to Facebook and put up a column that I wrote in CityBeat back in August of last year entitled Gun People. I think I was looking for a fight with some gun lovers. I couldn’t find one.
When that column ran in August, I received a ton of hate mail on it—so much so, I stopped reading the comments. Yes, I believe in gun control. How many more shootings is it going to take to get people to understand we need some laws here?
Roger Ebert wrote a great piece about this in The New York Times. Gun lovers as well as gun haters should read it.
Last Friday was a Friday most of us would rather forget. I understand this. The thing is we forget too much and then history repeats itself. There has to be a way to get control of guns in this country. Let’s not forget last Friday.
(Image from CNN)