We are all crying.
All of us.
My brother in law, proud gun owner.
My father, staunch republican.
My neighbor who wants Obama jailed for treason.
Hunters, pacifists, Islamists, Catholics, Atheists, Republicans, Democrats, Tea Partiers, Brooklyn hipsters, farmers in The Heartland, movie stars, movie agents, fishermen, secretaries, ladies who lunch, grandmas and grandpas, drug addicts, gays, blacks, goths, nerds, cheerleaders, stock brokers, artists, rock stars, cleaning women, shopkeepers. The person who stole your parking spot or your promotion. The old lady who forgot your name--or that she was your neighbor for 20 years. The teenager who ignored you. Your ex wife, her new husband.
We are ALL crying.
Finally, we are the United States. The United People. United in disgust, in anguish, and in finally deciding to employ our unalienable right to be reasonable.
The essence of who we are has been revealed and we are good and compassionate. We see through propaganda and sound bites and know who we are. We are peaceful and loving. We despise evil and no longer are complacent in arming it.
We are not stupid.
We know we can’t stop it.
But we can make a decision that has nothing to do with petty, ego driven, illogical rationalizations.
We can say as a United People that we cannot think of one reason, not one, that semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines should be available to anyone outside of a military combat situation.
Will this stop mass murders?
Will this stop a mentally ill person from harming when they have intent?
Will there be peace on earth now? Will all the hungry be fed. Will we hold hands and sing Kum ba yah?
But will semi automatic weapons be in a gun cabinet when an unstable person has a psychotic episode? Maybe, just maybe, if we are lucky--maybe not.
The ones who think they can change the world are the ones who do.