The massacre in Orlando

The terrible tragedy at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., made me feel upset, angry, sad and horrified. I’ve written and spoken many times about how important it is, at this time, in this country, to accept people for who they are and whom they love. I’ve also commented many times over the past decade that civilians should not have access to the kinds of weapons used in Orlando.

Someone said to me Tuesday night, “Maybe this will be a wake-up call for gun control.”

I wish that could be the case, but I don’t think it will be. I don’t believe that U.S. legislators have the courage to take on gun control. (See “In the Shadow of a Gunman” and “America’s Gun Culture, By the Numbers,” in the current issue of the N.C. Triangle-area Indy Week, for a sobering examination of this topic.) The result, tragically, is that we will cover this ground again and again – and that should not happen in a civilized country.
Barbara

  • LESSONS LEARNED?
  • LESSONS LEARNED?
    20140909-assaultweapons-630x420Thomas Friedman wrote in The New York Times on June 15 about the shared “Lessons of Hiroshima and Orlando.”

    We need to make choices appropriate for our age when technology can so amplify the power of one. We need common-sense gun laws, common-sense gender equality and religious pluralism and common-sense privacy laws.

    But that takes common-sense leaders, not ones who think the complexities of this age can be bombed away, walled away, willed away or insulted away.

    — Thomas Friedman

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