Writing from home, 5 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary

Yes, actually, it is the guns. 
And yes, simultaneously it is mental illness. 
Yes, it is television.

Rob WallaceAnd yes, it is the movies and the music and the games. 
Yes, it is desensitization. 
Yes, it is the media. 
Yes, it is money.
Yes, it is the times.
Yes, it is technology.
Yes, it is the power of terror.
Yes, it is truth and it’s also lies.
Yes, it is the state of healthcare.
Yes, it is the eroding community.
Yes, it is economics. 
Yes, it is law enforcement.
Yes, it is narcissism.
Yes, it is human failings.
Yes, it is the government.
Yes, it is our history.
Yes, it is moral decay.
Yes, it is politics.
Yes, it is society. 
Yes, it is the void of dialogue.
Yes, it is the disappearance of civility.
Yes, it is them, and yes, it is us.
Yes, it’s all of these things together, and then some more.
Yes, we have to begin something that we can’t even define yet, 
but… it’s huge. And it probably begins with love.

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  • commented 2012-12-21 14:07:26 -0500
    Thank you! for saying it so eloquently!
  • commented 2012-12-21 13:56:30 -0500
    Thanks everyone for the kind words, and even the critical ones. It’s been interesting to watch this spread out socially. The writing was simply a piece of creative catharsis for a dad whose 2 young kids spent last Friday huddled in a locked closet in a nearby elementary school.

    I don’t pretend to have any answers – then or now. I didn’t intend for my list to be exhaustive. And I certainly didn’t want anyone to focus on any single one of the things I listed. If I had to say I had a single point, it’s that there are no easy solutions and no problem can be addressed in a vacuum. I want to be open to all possibilities, and I think our society should be.

    With so many challenges and issues, it’s easy to feel powerless. For some people, a bit of that power is restored with gun ownership. I understand that. Really. I agree that disarming law abiding people is not a solution. I think there is lots of rational middle ground that most people want and would find acceptable. And yeah, love is powerful as well. Be open to it.
  • commented 2012-12-21 07:55:46 -0500
    Perfect love casts out fear. Without fear we need no weapons! Let us become the land of the free and the home of the brave!
  • commented 2012-12-21 03:41:40 -0500
    You have defined this moment in history in a most distinctive way …. thankyou for your clairity of the truth ……………… gail Hvatum Stanwood Wa.
  • commented 2012-12-21 03:36:42 -0500
    you know…. I’d really like to sign in using my FB, but Andrew makes me nervous. I watched your video from last post here – mystory. I understand what you are trying to get across. you need to remove words like ultra violent, kill, um excuse me….etc. — you don’t have to use the words rape/murder twice in the same sentence. your tone is too harsh — PLEASE KNOCK IT OFF. (yes, I’m talking to you like a mother — cause that’s my current role here in society)

    ROB WALLACE, excuse the interruption….. This posting of yours is PERFECT. It completely reflects upon what has been going through most of our minds. I am sure of it!! Well done, my friend.

    “It is no measure of mental health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” — Krishnamurti.

    Thank you for this. I will certainly pass it along to everyone I know. It’s a long list to address. Let’s start fixing all of it, one by one by one. Life isn’t complicated anymore but people sure keep screwing it up
  • commented 2012-12-21 01:14:07 -0500
    Beautifully said…….and Yes! it is all true….
    “Yes, we have to begin something that we can’t even define yet,
    but…it’s huge. And it probably begins with love.”
    ….so perhaps we have to start by defining love…..because I am sorry to say that Andrew comment indicates that he just might love violence and his gun.
    Maybe it begins with focus…
  • commented 2012-12-21 01:00:57 -0500
    I wrote a blog about this titled “Call for Everything” in reaction to the first responder’s needs. Your post gets it. We need everything. As a teacher with 3 gun incidents in our county in two days, I wonder when I go back.
  • commented 2012-12-21 00:20:30 -0500
    To Mr Carvin I just read the post again and I didn’t see anywhere that the gentleman is advocating taking anyone’s guns away from them. You could have added the personal responsibility with all the negative tirade.
  • commented 2012-12-21 00:06:53 -0500
    Yes, thank you for this and yes, it does BEGIN with love and then some.
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  • commented 2012-12-20 22:52:24 -0500
    And, yes, it is doubters and cynics.
  • commented 2012-12-20 22:23:47 -0500
    Love this.
  • commented 2012-12-20 22:04:03 -0500
    Um excuse me armchair psychologist? Not once in all that feel good garbage did you mention personal responsibility for one’s actions. Don’t even try that “it’s not my fault, X made me do it crap.” YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS. I have a gun, I enjoy ultra violent entertainment, and yet I , and many people just like me, don’t go on shooting sprees. So don’t even. Plus….. Criminals don’t care about gun laws, just like rapists/murderers continue to rape/murder even though rape/murder is illegal. When you make it harder to obtain a gun all you are doing is creating a disarmed public that is easier to victimize. Individual crazy people that commit evil acts with guns are not representative of the vast majority of gun owners, and if you actually thought for a second you would know this. I made a video about it, and it’s at my YouTube channel Zarrakan, and here’s the name:

    2012 12 16 ZOC Shooting For Reponsibility Part 1


    Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil anti-gun movement.
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