What a tragic weekend. Words fail me.
Especially after reading about the Insurrectionism Timeline at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence website.
On June 26, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court embraced the National Rifle Association's contention that the Second Amendment provides individuals with the right to take violent action against our government should it become "tyrannical." The following timeline catalogues incidents of insurrectionist violence (or the promotion of such violence) that have occurred since that decision was issued.Check out the Insurrectionism Timeline for yourself. The incidents it documents make for troubling reading.
This morning Gabrielle Giffords' brother-in-law, astronaut Scott Kelly, observed a moment of silence for the victims in low earth orbit with the crew of the International Space Station and then made a brief statement.
"As I look out the window, I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful," said Cmdr Kelly. Unfortunately, it is not. These days, we are constantly reminded of the unspeakable acts of violence and damage we can inflict upon one another, not just with our actions but also with our irresponsible words."Indeed.
"We are better than this. We must do better," he said.