Courtesy of Mediaite:
“It’s senseless that her life and Adam’s life were taken by a crazy person with a gun. If I have to be the John Walsh of gun control–” Andy Parker said.
“Look, I’m for the Second Amendment, but there has to be a way to force politicians who are cowards and in the pocket of the NRA to come to grips and have sensible laws so that crazy people can’t get guns,” he continued.
“It can’t be that hard,” Parker said. “And yet, politicians from the local level, and the state level, to the national level, they sidestep the issue, they kick the can down the road. This can’t happen anymore.”
I want so much to believe that this time it will be different, that this time the public will have had enough and demand that we get serious about passing reasonable gun control legislation.
But if the Sandy Hook massacre, which saw 20 children murdered in their classrooms, was not enough then how we can we expect this to be any different?
Or maybe that is just me being a cynic rather than a realist.
Personally I think that one of the reasons people are not responding more emotionally to these shootings is that they are protected from seeing the devastation they cause.
If you watched the footage on TV yesterday you would see the video right up until Flanagan was about to shoot and then there was a still image with the reporter explaining what happened. An explanation that fell short of describing just how horrific the next few seconds were for reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman Adam Ward.
This was explained as being for our protection because it was very troubling for some people to witness.
But you see that's the thing. I think people SHOULD see the video, and not only be troubled, but be horrified.
That is why I posted the video yesterday, and why I posted the even more troubling first person point of view video filmed by Flanagan himself.
I in no way wanted to promote the gunman's agenda, but his video showed, in a way no other I know of has ever demonstrated, what it looks like when a man shoots and kills people with a handgun.
Watching it chilled my blood.
Perhaps if we could chill a little more blood, and stop protecting people from the devastation of guns in this country, we could actually do something to reduce the devastation of guns in this country.
At least that's my opinion.