Yesterday my post on the incident in Aurora, CO was more an emotional reaction to situations like this, than an in-depth analysis of this particular incident – and incidents like it. That’s more what this post will focus on; I would like to begin a discussion on how changing gun laws – that make it easier to obtain guns and massive amounts of ammunition – make situations like this one (and the Tucson incident last year) more likely to occur. And wrap up with how policy can help by re-strengthening gun laws – without ‘infringing’ on anyone’s ’2nd amendment rights.’ I’m not sure if I’ll get too into the 2nd amendment debate, I don’t necessarily dispute the Framer’s intention that private citizens be able to own firearms; but, I’m positive none of them meant for 24-year-old kids to be able to obtain assault rifles with 100 round magazines.
As you’ve probably already heard, last night – at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO – a gunman opened fire. According to what I’ve read, at this point, 71 were shots fired (59 wounded, 12 killed). And, like any blogger who thinks their opinion is fucking gold, I’m going to exploit this tragedy to further my own political ideas/agenda.
Disclaimer: some cussing in this one…. I got kinda mad.
This post will focus a bit on my life as a vegan from November 2007 to October 2011, brief hiatus from October 2011 July 2012, and how/why I decided to go back to living as a vegan.
So, I’ve been reflecting a lot – about my past – especially about things that I try not to think about. Things that I’m ashamed of, and I guess I feel like I should really stop avoiding them – and confront them. I don’t think the Internet is a way to confront one’s past sins, but it is definitely a way for me to find the words to say – and some indirect practice with actual people hearing/reading/reacting to them.