it’s too easy to get caught up in the day to day, checking to-dos off that never-ending list, going through the motions. Juneathon brings some welcome variety to the daily slog. It’s entertaining, at times enlightening, and the virtual camaraderie is always encouraging.

But sometimes the real world comes barging through my little bubble, giving me pause. Such was the case Thursday morning, when we awoke to the news of yet another mass shooting. It is really hard for me to understand why we as a country continue to allow this to happen. And it makes me absolutely sick that at the end of a news cycle or two, this story will disappear and then in another month or two most likely IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN.

My blog’s about knitting and running and sewing and the Things with some travel thrown in. It’s not meant to be political or religious. I lean left and I like to think that I have an open mind, and will listen objectively to opposing view points. At the same time, I tend to be less vocal about my beliefs in public. I’m not looking for a fight and I find it pointless to try to change the minds of many who are set in their ways.

But I’m at the end of my tether, so here I go. There should be no “conceal carry” laws in this country. I don’t see the point of guns for non-hunting uses. Oh, and people are not prey. Also, WTF with regular folk needing automatic weapons? NO! Magazines should be illegal.  Kids should be safe in their schools, parishioners in their churches. The Confederate flag should not be flown over state capitals. Black lives matter. ALL lives matter. I HATE this “us vs. them” mentality.  My list goes on and on.

But Jon Stewart says it so much more eloquently (this is long, but worth the time):

“…the nuanced language of lack of effort.”

This phrase kept coming back to me throughout my eight mile run this morning. Long runs without music are good for that. I’m not sure how much of a difference I, as a single person, can make, but anything is better than what’s happening now.


  1. I agree with you wholeheartedly. My belief is if you want to scream about the second amendment and your rights, you should have to use only the weapons that were available at the time it was written. That was never written to encompass the guns that are available today. I don’t know what it will take for our country to change and I think we are sadly the worse for it.

  2. In Australia there was a mass shooting in 1996 that left 35 people dead. There was then a significant tightening of the gun laws and there has been no massacre since.
    As an outsider I find the attitude of many of your countrymen/women very, very baffling.

    • I remember learning that about Australia after the Connecticut grade school shooting. That’s exactly what needs to be done, and I’m an insider and still can’t understand the attitude of many of my fellow Americans.

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