Our thoughts and prayers…” blah, blah, blah.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Vigil Parkland FL 02152018

I am so bone-tired of watching us gather together as predictably as hearing the gun-related platitudes drip out of the mouths of any and every politician who can find a film crew willing to record their sadness at the latest tragedy…this time, the high school shooting in Parkland, FL.

The darker side to my weariness is wondering if all the blabber isn’t engineered to misdirect and otherwise thwart substantive action by us, about us, and what we deem is acceptable in our tribe when it comes to guns.

We, as a group establish limits on smoking, drinking, driving and voting. But when it comes to firearms, we don’t. Why?

I get the 2nd Amendment. I support it. I urge you to read the history behind the Founding Fathers and their belief in the role of a well-regulated militia, the practicality of citizens being able to grab their gun and head to the fight, etc. But this many centuries later, I would submit even the NRA would be hard-pressed to justify classifying shoulder-launched missiles as ‘recreational’.

This morning, I actually heard a Congressman say he knew people who went hunting with AR-15 assault rifles. Huh? I have to ask:

How heavily armed are the deer and have they

joined forces with the squirrels?”

By that logic, the alleged sportsman in question won’t be satisfied until they have ‘the freedom’ to use an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter the next time geese fly South. I don’t know any home owners, hunters or sportsman – not one – that abdicates their responsibility in the use and ownership of their weapons. In fact, they are pretty hard-core advocates on the subjects revolving around gun safety. But not our legislators. Hmm?

NRA Contributions

So what do we do? How about removing the elected merchandise the NRA’s been buying? I say we join our kids and their call for a national march on Washington in March (how poetic, eh?). There are 17 families who will remember Valentines Day 2018 as the day they joined the thousands of families for whom gun violence has become intensely personal.

Knowing that many teenagers will be voting for the 1st time in the 2018 mid-terms, I say it’s high time we make it personal for those in elected office. Here are some links to make it easy for you to lend your support to the kids, their families and all of us who support them.






Marching isn’t voting, but if you remember our history, every time we have ever successfully gotten to the voting booth, we’ve gotten there on foot and we’ve gotten there together.







Parklands 17

Single Fern


Banner Coastal Redwood Forest by Eric E Photography is used with permission.

Visit Eric at: http://www.ericephoto.com or http://ericephoto.wordpress.com/


Vigil: http://www.prokerala.com/news/photos/u-s-parkland-high-school-mass-shooting-vigil-330879.html#photo-2; NRA Political Contributions Chart https://sbloom2.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/2017-medley-30/; https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/04/opinion/thoughts-prayers-nra-funding-senators.html?smid=fb-share; Parkland’s 17: http://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/politics/a18203603/florida-school-shooting-victims-list/


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About dan4kent

Born and raised in the Midwest, Dan lives in the Chicagoland area. With a grown son from a previous marriage, he has since built a committed relationship of 33 years with his partner Rick, the Love of his Life. Having written his whole life, he blogged for years because he has to write…he can’t help it. Know the feeling? There’s ‘good‘ to be found in all of it. “If all I do is leave someone (or something) better than I found them, then I’ve done my part. Thanks for letting me grace your screen, if only for a little while.”
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4 Responses to #MarchForOurLives

  1. purplemary54 says:

    Since Americans have repeatedly proven themselves incapable of behaving responsibly with firearms or understanding what the term “well-regulated militia” means, and since the need for citizen militias has been negated by both a standing federal army and standing federal/state/municipal law enforcement agencies, I am fully in favor of repealing the Second Amendment. I know this is not your stance, but it’s the only sane conclusion I can come to anymore. I also don’t think most law enforcement should be allowed to carry firearms; they’ve proven they can’t be trusted to behave responsibly with them, either.

  2. I didn’t want to “like” this but I did like your presentation of the topic. I hate that we haven’t done anything since the slaughter of babies at Newtown. I’ve heard some truly blathering dither along with a two-step from politicians. However, they are willing to give us their thoughts and prayers.

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