‘I Don’t Want To Be Angry’

Jeff Ruby reflects on the Newtown shooting and asks how we can make it stop, without repeating the same painful, angry things that haven’t yet made it stop.

I don’t want to be angry.

I don’t want to know what the shooter looks like or what drove him.

I don’t want to hear how this ranks among all the other school shootings.

I don’t want to watch people argue on Twitter and MSNBC and everywhere else about gun control and when it’s appropriate to discuss the political ramifications.

I don’t want to watch videos or read transcripts of the events.

I don’t want to hear the NRA’s response.

I don’t want to hear the gun control lobby’s response.

I don’t want to be sad. 

I don’t want to watch 6-year-olds being interviewed by reporters.

I don’t want to see a picture of the gun.

I don’t want to hear about background checks.

I don’t want to read about countries with more guns and less murders.

Or countries with no guns.

I don’t want to see a screen grab of the shooter’s Facebook page.

I cannot endure more empty handwringing from politicians.

I don’t want to hear about how criminals will get guns anyway, or debate whether it’s guns or people who kill people. 

I don’t want to hear how the country has gone to hell. 

I don’t want to read the Second Amendment again.

I don’t want to hear what this says about liberals and conservatives in this country.

I don’t want to have to explain this to my children.

I don’t want to live in a place where the flags are constantly at half-mast.

I don’t want to be scared. 

I don’t want to hear from extremists on either side.

I don’t even want to hear level-headed arguments from the middle.

I am supposed to want to talk about it and learn from it, but I can’t. Not this time. I just want it all to stop. 

Does anyone out there know what to do to make all this stop? Because I don’t.

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2 years ago
Posted by Kristin_Meyer

So very well said. The solution is quite simple... we must instill morality back into our society. We must teach our children, and believe for ourselves, in the value of human life. We must value what is right and good and not silly unimportant things. And above all- we must love each other and care for each other. We must have the courage to stand up for what is right and help those in need (whether physically or emotionally). And by "we" I don't mean our government- I mean YOU must have the courage and I must have the strength to help my friends and neighbors.
If we can truly live by those morals we wont have horrific events like this happen.

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