Like many people I like thrilling action movies. Somehow I convinced myself once again that I was strong and I could tolerate the images. Then finally one movie pushed the boundaries for me. Finally one of the tv crime shows pushed the boundaries for me and I decided I couldn't take it. I will still see certain movies, but I allow myself to get squeemish and I cover my eyes. Call me a punk, lightweight, or what have you but I can't act like digesting these images is good for my psyche. I cannot allow myself to be further desensitized to acts of violence and incivility.
Seems like we have become accustomed to the occasional mass shooting. Shocking enough at the time of incidence but infrequent enough to be tolerable and not challenge the status quo. And those of us that lived or live with the more frequent and regular occurrences of violence become numb and alienate affection as a means to survive. I do not know if it is human nature or an aspect of our culture in this country to take things all the way to the brink and reach the point of no return before we take action. The unthinkable murder of 6-7 year-old children at Sandy Hook seems to be our point of no return when it comes to gun violence in this country. There seems to be collective agreement with what President Obama has said, "We cannot tolerate this anymore...We cannot accept events like this as routine. Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?"
After the Kansas City tragedy, NBC sportscaster, Peter King, reported that many NFL players turned in their guns. Longtime gun owner, Goldie Taylor, shared that she was turning in her gun recognizing that it was more likely that her gun would be used on her. The gun control debate is passionate on both sides. I appreciate both arguments. Also, I fully understand that such mass tragedy is not entirely preventable. The problems that lead to such tragedies are rooted in causes that are not gun-related. We have to address all aspects that lead to mass and individual incidents of violence. Are we ready to take this on? From my vantage point and based on all of the reporting that I have heard, we seem to be ready. Those of us that were numb and desensitized are no longer. Perhaps we are realizing that we indeed are not powerless; that we can harness the same power we exhibited this past November. Perhaps this time we will be more unified. Perhaps we will now be the change that we seek.