In the 24 hours after that shooting, seven random people were shot and killed in unrelated events in LA. I read about that on Sunday morning in the Los Angeles Times.
While I was reading the paper, I thought that I would turn on the news, and I learned about the mass shootings in Orlando. Fifty more lives lost to gun violence. So I pose to everyone—how many is too many? We have politicians who propose banning all Muslim immigrants—and at the same time deride those who support gun control. So we ban an entire race… but not guns?
At the same time there are those who passionately defend the right to life… while at the same time defend the right for a crazy lunatic to bear arms and shoot you dead.
Something is happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear.
There’s a man with a gun over there, telling me I’ve got to beware.
—”For What It Is Worth” by Buffalo Springfield
What about our right to feel safe and walk freely on our streets? Doesn’t that supersede anyone’s right to bear arms? What kind of world and legacy are we making to pass on to our children? One that we have to travel in armored cars and live in forts?
We need to look within and take stock of what our fear and hatred is creating……..before the rest of the world starts building walls to keep us out.
Leslie Delamater Anderson Aitken is the owner of L. A. General Store, sewing and design studio.
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Photo “Upcoming Storm,” on HP front page, by Gary Dee (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo, top right, of friends and family members outside Orland Police Headquarters, June 12, 2016. Photo: Steve Nessus/Reuters.
Photo, official workers onsite of Pulse nightclub, June 12, 2016. As found at ABC7 News.
Photo, helmet of Orlando Police Department officer, hit during the Pulse nightclub shootout. The helmet saved the officer’s life. Photo courtesy of Orlando Police Department.