“I am shocked at this terrible tragedy.”


I am absolutely shocked that such a terrible tragedy has happened in Aurora, Newtown,Columbine,Tucson,Orlando, Las Vegas. This is a small, tight knit community! Everyone knows everyone else in this town.  No one EVER expected something like this to happen here! This is something that happens somewhere else, not in OUR town.

It is just unbelievable that a young man could so easily obtain a Bushmaster, Uzi,Glock, pistol, automatic weapon “long gun” and simply walk right into a church,kindergarten,high school, movie theater, Community College, hotel room and start shooting.

The nation mourns with those who have lost children, parents, sisters, brothers, friends in this senseless event.  We will join in the usual round of candlelight vigils, handwringing and moaning with all of you.

We know that Newtown, Littleton, Aurora, Tucson, Charleston, Blacksburg, Roseberg, Orlando, Las Vegas are strong.  They will come together to heal from this terrible event and will support each other as they seek to make sense of the horrific tragedy.

We offer our sympathy, prayers, solidarity and endless hours of TV coverage to those who are grieving.

Apparently what we don’t offer is the slightest attempt to take the guns off the streets.

Until next time, please feel free to use the above script when reacting to the slaughter of innocents in the United States.

If you’d like to do something slightly more proactive, please click on one of the links below.

Moms Demand Action

Gun Sense Voter

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

16 thoughts on ““I am shocked at this terrible tragedy.”

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  2. Well said, well written (and rewritten). I stole your websites for my post on this — because I didn’t have access to them when I was writing it on my phone. With attribution, naturally.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if neither of us needed to write about this issue again?


      • He can’t enact gun legislation with a congress filled with folks beholden to the NRA. And that means every republican and way too many democrats. And the state legislatures need to act (even less likely, certainly here in good ol’ boy Virginia.)

        People need to demand it. People need to start voting on this issue. People need to give a shit when there isn’t blood on the TV. Until then …


      • But he could have kept trying…..I love Bernie, but don’t agree with him on the gun issue. Still, I would expect that he would be in favor on background checks AND an assault weapons ban. That is my idea of “common sense” gun law. No more assault weapons, no more massive magazines that kill an entire congregation/classroom/lecture in two minutes.

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  3. I’m with you. I’ve already said my piece loudly on my own blog. I wish I thought anyone listened. You have to start wondering whether the good ol’ boys are prime examples of the pop psych sayings about men and guns. Maybe that’s the way to go. Start a campaign suggesting gun lovers are defficient elsewhere.

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