Jessica "Redfield" Ghawi. Who died yesterday at that movie theater in Colorado; and those who died with her. Amazingly, Jessica had been witness to another shooting in Toronto, only days before; she wrote about it in this entry in her blog. I am horrified by the bitter irony of it, and only glad that she found the time to recognize and treasure the value of each moment in her life. I am appalled by her savage death.
I am sickened by the power of the gun lobby in this country. As Gail Collins points out in her column today, they have run out of even remotely sane issues and continue to charge ahead with the totally insane. They have taken the "right to bear arms" to extremes which the writers of that much abused phrase could never have remotely imagined, still less condoned. Yet it seems that for a politician to oppose them in even the smallest way is to court vengeful response--and the loss of a seat in the US Congress or the Senate.
This morning, in meditation, for no perceptible reason, the phrase from an old song popped up and kept reverberating in my brain: "... use your mentality, wake up to reality..." I can't remember any of the other words. But I do wonder when we, as a country, might begin to use our mentality, and wake up to reality. We have so many lessons to learn from on all fronts, not just the endless outrages caused by (mostly) men with guns. Think trickle-down economics, to take but one example. But we choose stubbornly to ignore them.
How many more such tragedies will it take before we are ready to restore some element of sanity when it comes to deadly weapons?
(Oh, PS, of course: It's "I've Got You Under My Skin.")