Having only been a writer on this blog since the atrocity in Aurora, Colorado occurred and only vocal since the still unfathomable horror that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, I confess that my depression in the state of humanity and the United States has been uplifted by the people I have encountered these past painful months. Not shut off by epistemic closure, these people read vast amounts on both sides of the debate and are dynamic and motivated in their desire to protect their families, friends and all Americans from the violence dispensed by firearms. We lift each other up when we feel the sting of political failure due to the intransigence of Republicans or Democrats not wanting to waste political capital or when we try to debate with some rabid, Second Amendment proponent with a Pavlovian reaction to the words “Obama,” “tyranny,” or “confiscation,” a blank stare and an arsenal of weapons to protect himself from the government of the country he professes to love. As always, knowledge, education and meaningful debate are the only ways to agreement.
Today I was fortunate enough to have Preventing Newtown post an article I wrote. My thanks to them for the opportunity and for their passion and efforts. The fight before us is not an easy one, but here are a few quotes that keep me going:
“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” Ovid
“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.” Mahatma Gandhi
“I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.” Albert Einstein
“What I used to say to people, when I was much more engagé myself, is that you can’t be apolitical. It will come and get you. It’s not that you shouldn’t be neutral. It’s that you won’t be able to stay neutral.” Christopher Hitchens
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.” George Eliot
“I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.” Marcus Tullius Cicero
Pick your favorite and keep fighting. There are great organizations to join. Pick one or pick them all. Speak up, speak loud and speak often.
Remember, a bill cannot be killed, but children can.
Here’s the link to the guest post on Preventing Newtown: