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  •  we can do both (4+ / 0-)
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    maryabein, 714day, AaronInSanDiego, poco

    it would have been easy to say- right now our focus is on the victims, the families and friends, the first responders, but yes we need to discuss why these horrors keep happening here, and why we are so tragically unique among the developed nations.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 01:04:08 PM PST

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    •  I suggest any meaningful action should start (1+ / 0-)
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      with respect, and a desire to gather as many allies as possible for gun control measures. You don't gain allies for your cause by criticism, blaming, insulting, and name-calling.
      Especially potential allies for the taking: many Democrats who don't identify with "activist," or "progressive."  

      Right now, today, there are people of all stripes who want to do something about gun control, including those who maybe "said the wrong thing on day one," including Jay Carney.

      Those of us who know anything about the mechanics of grief and grieving, those who have been in grief groups who have worked on loss of those close to us, know that grief comes first, then a kind of rational determination. The best discussions today came not from blaming, but a respectful discussion on how to proceed. I don't Dianne Feinstein was good this morning, by simply proposing a straightforward bill, while not assigning blame for any of this.

      In a very real sense, start by looking at ourselves. Is there a "strange and nerdy" kid we could reach out to? How are the mental health facilities in your community? Do you care about others enough to perhaps listen to a troubled youth? Do we just live in our own worlds?

      "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

      by Wildthumb on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 02:10:13 PM PST

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