In the case of guns, the vocal minority is holding the rest of us hostage. They've scared us into submission. We need to open up the floor and hear from everyone, not just the powerful lobbying groups whose job it is to keep the guns firing. We need you.
As a major Batman fan and the father of two young children, I'm sick of the platitudes we hear after every mass shooting. "Our hearts are broken," read the headline of the Denver Post. And they are. But should it end at that?
We have become so disassociated from reality that we are to the point where even though men, women and children are mowed down in schools, movie theaters and streets by nut jobs with assault weapons, we rush to defend the right to own these absolutely inessential weapons.
It could have been me, my husband, my daughter, her husband, my step-son and step-daughter, my granddaughter, not yet four years old. Any one of us could be the victim, or the grieving relative or friend, right now, today.
Following violence committed by mentally ill persons, psychologists always warn that if we are not very careful in our reporting, we will spur copycat attacks by more mentally ill people. Why do we ignore their warnings?