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Eric Cantor's unexpected primary loss last night has been described by the media as "shocking," "stunning," and "seismic." You know which event wasn't characterized using any of the above adjectives? Yesterday's fatal school shooting outside of Portland, Oregon.
[Indeed, Google the words "stunning" and either "Oregon" or "Portland," and you'll find stories about either Cantor or a couple's wedding images before a forest fire.]
President Obama rightly said that we, as a nation, "should be ashamed" of the gun violence ravaging our nation, noting that we are "the only developed country on Earth where this happens."
However, we need to be more than ashamed. We must continue to be outraged, stunned, shocked. And we must continue to express that outrage, to press politicians, to yell, fight, march, write and dialogue. To counter NRA lobbying and Fox News inanity with a cacophony of pained and outraged voices.
To form a militia of the rational to defend our country. A militia of the unarmed and the responsibly armed. A militia of mothers and daughters and sisters and brothers to protect our children the most present danger from violence facing our nation: ourselves.