December 14, 2012 by Bruce Kimball
Once more we will go through the rituals which follow these tragic events.There will be a media blitz, candle lit vigils, interviews, in depth coverage of the victims and the shooter. We will hear about heroes and, once again, ask how and why this happened.
The fact is, gun violence occurs every day. We only focus on it when there are multiple victims. There are tens of millions of guns in our country and people are killed with them every day. It is a disease we live with. When there is a "major flare up" we talk about it for a while and then go back to business as usual.
This disease is so pervasive and permeates our society making it, in my mind, incurable.
There is no magic cure, no legislation will end this. Stricter gun controls can make it less likely and save lives but it will never cure the disease. As with any incurable disease, we live our lives, day to day and try to forget that it exists. The only way to deal with this is to live life to the fullest and appreciate what you have.
Let those around you know, today, how important they are to you.
[Bruce Kimball is a retired teacher, community activist, and long-time friend of 121Contact.]