Sunday, October 4, 2015

Blood Loss and Organ Damage

by Leann

It's been a rough week. But for me, it is nothing compared to the loss of the families in Oregon because of another mass shooting. Yes, guns again. And yet we cling to them as if they would save us. I will not debate guns and their management with anyone. It is ridiculous to do so. If you choose to argue, I will not change your mind. No amount of dead children will change your mind.

 I am stating my opinion and my opinion is that I have always and will always hate guns. Period. As someone on twitter so eloquently said, when we did nothing about gun control, mental health reform, and lack of continuity across the states as far as laws involving all these things after Sandy Hook and the horrific death of tiny children, we all should have realized nothing would ever change.

We also lost victims to a hospital bombing in Afghanistan Saturday. Innocent people blown away far from us, but because of us. Yes, we did it. Humans are a violent species and that is perhaps why I write about them. I am trying to understand, to shed light, to show exactly why we must hurt each other. What would one of our wonderful presidential candidates have to say after we again were witness to mass murder? "Stuff happens." I believe he reflected what many may have thought when they heard the Oregon story. Stuff happens. How sad, how horribly sad.

These are big issues, I know, and things I do not normally speak about in public. My intent is not to alienate people. We are free to say what we want in this country, so today I am exercising that right. I do not want to go numb to what we have created, all of us, by not taking a stand. Being part of the silent majority solves nothing except to contribute to collective anomie. I don't like it and yet I feel myself being sucked into that black hole of feeling helpless and alone.

In the words written by my son-in-law and his writing partner (Jeffrey Cranor and Jospeh Fink) I would like to remind everyone that "guns don't kill people, blood loss and organ damage do." If you change what you tell yourself, switch it around like they so brilliantly did, perhaps there is hope that you will no longer accept what we are doing to ourselves, to our children and to all those who may come after. We are accepting the unacceptable.

Do not write hateful things in the comment section. If I have to live in a world with guns, please, in turn, respect the words I send out into the world. Those words, after all, won't kill you.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amen, Leann! I grew up in Oregon in a home where both my mom and dad hunted for food and a community where most people also hunted. We had guns which weren't ever locked up but we never even considered doing anything with them. I have no problem if people use guns to hunt food, but you don't need an automatic for that. Cordella

Andrea Stoeckel said...

Leann, I reposted to my facebook page, and quoted you. You've got it!

Anonymous said...

I agree. Many families depend on gardens, fish, and game for food. They respect nature and are thankful. Other countries limit the types of guns available. Thank you Leann for voicing your opinion respectfully and peacefully. Thank you Cordella for adding to the context. Zena

pwl said...

The change has to start within each of us as individuals.

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Lisa said...

My husband works at a community college 2 hours away from Umpqua (I worked there for 19 years too). When the shooting happened, my phone blew up with text messages and I didn't know if it was our college or one close to us. I've had the students that make me uncomfortable to the point of telling public safety what route I am walking in case I didn't make it to my campus destination.

I have two younger children and dropping them off at school after mass shootings is physically painful. I had the *joy* of volunteering on a day they did a lock down drill when my baby boy was in kindergarten. It was horrible sitting huddled against the wall with 5 year olds trying to keep them calm, relaxed, and quiet.

This madness needs to stop.

NancyM said...

My daughter, who teaches at a large university, recently said, "Being on the alert for a mass shooting is the price we pay to live in the United States." I was appalled, then saddened by her words. It's not the kind of thing the next generation should have to believe.

Leann Sweeney said...

Lisa, I am so so sorry. Yes, it does have to stop and we need to keep talking about it. It cannot be "stuff happens."

Leann Sweeney said...

You are so right Nancy. That is accepting the unacceptable.

Leann Sweeney said...

Indeed it does.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Andrea.

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Debbie said...

Do you want to know what the saddest thing about all these mass shootings is ...6 weeks from now, 6 months from now and yes even six years from now..nobody is going to remember the names of the Victims..but everyone is going to remember the shooters.

Cheryl Jones said...

The world is a very werid place nowadays. Safety is a huge word. Remember the victims and the heroes

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Anonymous said...

I know this is only part of the problem, but the news media's prolific coverage of this violence gives already sick individuals more ideas. Violence, in our face on a daily basis, is not helping. Plus, television and movies need to stop glorifying violence. We need to see more about how one person, one community or all of us made a positive change, not depending on our government because they won't.

Leann Sweeney said...

Indeed. Thanks Cheryl.

Leann Sweeney said...

Which is exactly what they hoped to achieve. :-(

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Pat.

Cameron Harris said...

Well said Leann. We are such an advanced country in many ways yet so primitive in others. When will we learn, and more importantly, change?

Debbie said...

I blame the media for this..if they didn't mention the shooter at all..not his name don't show his picture, don't talk to his family .....but Unfortunately Society feeds this with their need to know every detail...

Leann Sweeney said...

That is the question. I wish I knew.

Nancy Jo said...

Absolutely.

Lynda Turpin said...

I totally agree with you Leann. I don't even want to be in the vicinity of a gun. You have every right to voice your opinion. Pro-gun advocates have no problem voicing their opinions but are critical of anyone who voices a differing opinion. Many social issues that I feel strongly about (like animal abuse) are shared by my family or close friends, and we can communicate freely about them. But, sadly, my position on the issue of gun control is not shared by many of my friends and family, and I have found that they will not even listen to anti-gun sentiments. They always have an excuse, or others to blame, when one of these horrible shootings happens. Sure, hardened criminals can get guns, even if they are illegal. But most of these school (and similar) shootings are done by people who had guns readily available in their homes. The didn't go out and buy illegal guns on the street.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Lynda.

jody schwoerer said...

It is so heart breaking that these discussions keep repeating themselves due to the horrific events that occur. We need also to stop giving the perpetrators so much attention. It is what they want. Even if they are remembered in death. It is a twisted way to be remembered even in death

Victoria said...

And here in Canada we watch in horror and wonder, how can this keep happening and the only answer that folks listen to is, more guns, we need more guns, guns to counter guns, guns to fight other guns... it seems absurd and I just don't understand. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/oregon-college-shooting-neil-macdonald-gun-culture-1.3255060?cmp=fbtl

Leann Sweeney said...

Heartbreaking for sure. :-(

Leann Sweeney said...

I don't get it either. I never will.

Edoc said...

You go girl.

Dru said...

When are we going to learn. Amen to what you said.

Dru

Lynne Wesenberg said...

I agree with you 100%. Thanks for saying what so many of us are feeling.

Sue Farrell said...

Thank you for saying what so many of us don't have the courage to say for fear of retalation.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Dru.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you Lynne.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Sue.

Michelle F. said...

I hate guns, too. I'd never own one. It's okay if people want to go hunting but they don't need an assault rifle for that. No one does. I disagree with people who say not to publicize the shooter's name. I can't imagine the paper or T.V. news withholding it. What if Jack the Ripper had been caught? People would want to know who he was.

Kaye Killgore said...

I'm hoping that my rant wasn't too terrible. I'm sorry if I offended you, Leann, or anyone else.