In a northwest high school cafeteria on the morning of Friday October 24th, five Marysville-Pilchuck students were shot by a fourteen year old. All involved were friends, two even cousins of the assailant. Because one had a gun, one girl lay dead, before the homecoming prince shot himself.
However, I’m not writing to repeat the obvious regarding an NRA Congress, or the Open Carry distortion of the Second Amendment, nor to dwell on the convenient excuse for gun violence: mental health. I’m writing because, none of that seems to matter anymore.
Truth is, if the early 2012 Christmas present from handgun lovers like Wayne LaPierre — 26 people (23 of them elementary school children) gunned down in Sandy Hook Elementary — didn’t recalibrate public handgun discipleship, then two dead girls in Marysville-Pilchuck High School, won’t raise a rational eyebrow in a Tombstone oriented Congress, nor enlighten change resistant political conservatives, or remove the bulls-eye mentality in the marriage between violence and political corruption – unless of course, November voters fire with ballots as accurately as we’re fired upon with bullets.
For weeks, as radio news producer/anchor, I have been reporting on the tenacity of Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo and Federal, State, County and City police agencies and volunteers, searching for a missing second year University of Virginia student.
Friday, while editing upcoming human rights BTR interview, my iPod confirmed: human remains found in Albemarle County Virginia Saturday October 18th, were those of Hannah Graham.
In a September 2005 attempted murder, a twenty-six year old Fairfax County woman was raped; In 2009 Morgan Harrington was twenty; at seventeen, it was Alexis Murphy in 2013; Twenty-four year old Yeardley Love was murdered in 2010, by boyfriend. Hannah Graham was 18.
Could it be, like our enemies and frenemies, we hold female life less dear?
All violence: ISIS Syrian be-headings, Guantanamo water-boarding, shootings in schools and inner-city streets hands held high, elevator/home beatings; being killed in the line-of-duty by sharpshooting survivalist or radicalized Americans — women, minorities, children and elderly are its primary targets.
It’s shameful enough when
- NRA’s President James W. Potter II leads Congress by the nose at the cost of American life
- a politicized Supreme Court inundates our electoral system with Corporatism’s financial underbelly while gutting minority voters
- On election days, we repeatedly ignore devaluation of the more than 50% of American citizens without a penis and refuse to raise minimum salaries to a livable wage
- TAKATA’s response to mothers driving their children in cars with shrapnel shooting airbags is to disconnect passenger side airbag and relegate family to the back seat
- Creators of The Great Recession of 2008 have not been prosecuted
But when in 2014, not one Republican member of Congress has agreed to vote for bills currently before them to make American females constitutionally equal to American males, then how can any patriotic American consider putting Mitch McConnell in charge of the U. S. Senate?
When New York & New Jersey governor scandals are camouflaged with inciting further Ebola panic through intimidation of volunteer medical professionals, and we fall for it, we belly-up as welcome mat on which the old white men of Wall Street and Capitol Hill wipe their feet.
American women, minorities and immigrants matter and contribute to America’s success, prosperity, brain trust and recovery, and yet they’re relegated to second class citizen status.
Could it be, the Liberty Bell ringing game changer America seeks, is the legacy of 1923 and 1972? Shall we elect those who truly value the lives of all Americans enough to preserve, protect and defend them against all forms of violence?
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