Not bowing my head. Not offering thoughts and prayers. Even made sure I tuned-in to all sporting events 5-minutes late, to by-pass the Moment of Silence. There have been 31 school shootings connecting the bloody dots between Sandy Hook and Columbine. I can’t light another candle. I can’t shed another tear.
Vigils are a hoax.
How much money did America spend in Afghanistan and Iraq, tracking down terror loving terrorists? There’s even a movie coming out glorifying the hunt for Osama bin Laden, “Zero Dark Thirty,” directed by Kathryn Bigelow, ex-wife of the king of the world, James Cameron, who brought us “Titanic.” They might be divorced, but they share a similar kink: getting-off by making a fortune on misfortune. We’re headed off the Fiscal Cliff while Kathryn Bigelow picks out an Oscar Dress and gets ready for her close-up.
By now, the terror loving terrorists have learned to chill-out. They don’t need to do anything. We’re perfectly capable of terrorizing ourselves. It’s not The Taliban. It’s not Al Qaeda. It’s not Saddam Hussein. It’s not Ahmadinejad. It’s not Syria. It’s not Benghazi. It’s not Gaza. Contrary to the popular myth manufactured by Fox News, it’s not brown men with beards and towels on their heads. It’s white men in baseball caps.
20 children died at Sandy Hook. They were between the ages of 6 and 7-years old; and yet, before they were taken from us, too soon, way too soon, they looked at the world like bigger grown-ups than our Founding Fathers. Case in point: the principal of their school was a woman; the president of their country was a black man. What our Founding Fathers couldn’t even have imagined on their most imaginative day, these children saw as normal.
They were massacred by the 2nd Amendment.
Clinging to the past is an abdication of adulthood. Pretending words can be passed-down, pretending the past is holier than the present, pretending Bibles and Torahs and Korans and Constitutions are sacred is a sickness. Yes, the world is a scary place. But mostly, the world is a scary place because fanatics can walk into a Safeway with an M16A2.
The only thing the rest of us seem to be willing to do, in the aftermath, is offer thoughts and prayers. When did actions and laws go out of style?
On the very same week Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia equated homosexuality with murder, we’re equating silence with respect. The time for silence was April 20, 1999.
Columbine was unlike anything we’d ever seen before. Sandy Hook was just another day in America. Un-bow your heads, wipe away your tears, blow out your candles and scream through the moment of silence: REPEAL THE 2nd AMENDMENT.