Friday, September 20, 2013

It sickens and it hurts

Chicago Tribune

There was a mass shooting here last night. According to the Chicago Tribune, "A gunman with a military-grade assault rifle opened fire on a pickup basketball game in the Back of the Yards neighborhood late Thursday, injuring 13 people …"

One of the victims is this lad, Deonta. He is 3. He was standing near the court, watching his relatives play under a harvest moon on this particular warm autumn evening. Look at his face and know that he was shot behind the ear, and the bullet exited through his cheek. Amazingly, he will live, though he will require surgery.

They will all live. All 13 victims. Which is proof of God's hand. How else do you explain how 13 people, hit by 16 bullets, could all survive?

What I find harder to explain is how an asshole got his hands on a military-grade assault rifle.

Yeah, I know this was a gang shooting. But that little boy, who was awake and trying to talk when he was admitted into the hospital, is no gang member.

Yeah, I know that the vast majority of us in this city I love are safe because we don't live in the isolated, gang saturated neighborhoods. But that doesn't make it acceptable. Not remotely.

Earlier this week, a gunman opened fire at the Navy Yard.

There is something very wrong in this world. And that something is guns.

I don't want to hear if you don't agree with me. I am not so inured to the violence around me that what's happened this week hasn't left me very upset. If you want to post a "guns don't kill people" screed, you'll simply have to do it on your own blog, not on mine.

Because I'm not allowing that talk anywhere near the face of a toddler that has been ripped apart by a military-grade assault rifle.

7 comments:

  1. I'm sitting here watching the news on channel 5 and thinking there are just no words for the depth of fury I'm feeling at people who would trade their "rights" to guns for the smiling face of a three-year-old. smh

    I want to go live someplace where people are sane. Which would be...yeah, nowhere. :(

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  2. Oh, that poor sweet face! I just don't get gun culture. I just don't.

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  3. I don't understand what is going on in our country. In our world. It is very scary. God help us!

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  4. I totally agree with you. You never hear of this sort of thing happening in Canada or Great Britain, or Europe--where they have strict gun control. The founding fathers really screwed up with the second amendment, I think.

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  5. I totally agree with you. You never hear of this sort of thing happening in Canada or Great Britain, or Europe--where they have strict gun control. The founding fathers really screwed up with the second amendment, I think.

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  6. I wish the U.S. had strict gun control laws like Canada and the U.K. I'm not sure how we'd move to that from what we have now, but I feel that it must be done. The system we have in place does NOT work.

    I've been firmly in support of strict gun control since I was a young adult. Perhaps you'll remember why: http://bookmama.wordpress.com/2008/04/02/more-on-this-scares-the-crap-out-of-me/

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  7. I feel for that poor baby, and the other people who were hurt, and their families.

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