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Guns are Like Sarah Palin

photo: Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily New

photo: Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily New

Lately gun accidents have become so (sadly) absurd and (outlandishly) alarming that they remind me of Sarah Palin.

In 2008, I received a group email entitled: Women Against Sarah Palin. Though I agreed with the expressed sentiment that Mrs. Palin was the wrong choice for the White House, particularly for women, I publically declined to participate.

I didn’t want to put my energy “against” someone, particularly another woman, especially when women’s voices were so desperately needed in the world.

I also felt that the “bashing” of Sarah Palin served as a distraction from herself.

If we quieted down, she’d do herself in.

She did.

I wish it was the same with guns:

US concealed gun safety teacher shoots student
School Security Guard Accidentally Shoots Student
Law enforcement officers in Danville pushing gun safety after 1-year-old shot in the back over the weekend
2-Year-Old Dies After Accidentally Shooting Self in Head
4-Year-Old Kentucky Boy Fatally Shoots 6-Year-Old Sister in the Mouth
6-year-old N.J. boy accidentally shot by 4-year-old friend has died
Guns in the home proving deadly for kids
Guns killing children: An American epidemic
Small-town cop refuses to call a child-on-child shooting accidental
Jonylah Watkins, Gunned Down, Was a ‘Happy Baby’ …
Woman accidentally shot, killed by 4-year-old at cookout
3-year-old Boy Accidentally Shot while Father Cleaned Gun
4-year-old boy accidentally shoots, kills Iraq War veteran dad
Tennessee 5-year-old detained after firing handgun in school cafeteria
8 Year-old Boy Shoots Grandmother after Playing Grand Theft Auto IV
Teens kill Australian student in Oklahoma for the ‘fun of it’
Kids OK After AK-47 Fired at School – Suspect in custody near Atlanta
Gun Violence Has Children Fearing Death Every Day
Man accidentally shot 2-year-old girl
7 year old accidentally shot by neighbor while swimming in backyard pool
Guns In Your Home: A Statistical Accident Waiting To Happen …
Arizona woman kills husband with shotgun after he insists she learn to use it
New Dad Shoots Self in Hospital Room after Wife Gives Birth
NRA Youth Day offers free memberships to children
Boy, 8, accidentally kills self at gun show
10 hurt in shotgun accident at gun club
Blind NRA member arrested at Newark Airport
NRA President’s Son Convicted For Road Rage Shooting
Utah Gun Rights Activists Organize 5K Race — With Firearms
Security guard in hospital after shooting off penis
Truck Driver Dies After Accidentally Shooting Off Own Penis
Father &  son dead after AR-15 goes off and ammo-filled room explodes
Shooting Our Way to Safety

Seriously though, How Could We Blow This One?

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Posted by on August 18, 2013 in on guns, on our Nation, WRITING

 

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better than chocolate-America the Beautiful & J.T.

For a middle aged woman like me, it doesn’t get much better than James Taylor singing American the Beautiful at the second inauguration of Barack Obama.  It’s up there with chocolate and chardonnay, an afternoon on the Seine and under the covers with my lover.

The simple pleasures. Acoustic. Mellow. Sweet.

Oh, beautiful, for spacious skies

As he delivers that breathless line on the podium in Washington D.C., I feel the expanse of possibility

For amber waves of grain

And the comfort of the familiar

For purple mountain majesty

And the pride of this country, passing leadership peaceably

Above the fruited plain

And the blessings that abound

America! America!

The name of the Beloved

God shed his grace on thee

This “noble experiment”

And crown thy good with brotherhood

In a place where tolerance thrives

From sea to shining sea.

James finished his tender rendition of America the Beautiful there, but in an interview with Charlie Rose just before the inauguration, he referenced the significance of another verse:

America! America!
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

I feel a deep sense of satisfaction inside when a musician whose music has been ministering to me all my life lends his voice on behalf of that which is good and true and enduring.

“I really love this president,” James says. “I love what it says about America, that we were able to elect this man.”

Happy Valentines USA!

(Don’t forget: the State of the Union address, tomorrow night: 2/12/13 Lincoln’s birthday.)

Kelly Salasin, Februrary 2013

 
 

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