Today on Facebook, the Rumi page I follow posted this:
“You have to keep breaking
your heart until it opens.” ~ Rumi
Since I’m pretty sure the page is managed in another country, there was likely no relation to the quote and the mass shooting at the Dark Knight screening in Aurora, Colorado I woke up to hear about this morning. Still, when I read it, it struck me how relevant the message was to this new tragedy, not just for me, but for our nation. There has been another mass shooting. Twelve people were killed.
Just off the top of my head I recall the Gabby Gifford shooting spree in Arizona, the horrifying Virginia Tech massacre, the Muslim army guy who shot up the base in Forthood Texas, the guy who opened fire on Hollywood Blvd. just a few months ago, and of course, Columbine. A google search of mass shootings produces endless pages of documented cases that literally sends a chill right through me. Today, another heartbreak for the nation. The breaking point is in Colorado this time. Will this be the one to break us open?
Just yesterday my Pinterest friend pinned this:
It’s easy to agree with him, right? The appealing American zeal and righteousness of the statement resonates and I would even go as far as to say I totally agree. But I also have to shout, “Conundrum!!!” Hmmm, how do we differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys? Not to make old Charlie turn over in his grave right now, but his great quote makes a fantastic case for stronger gun laws. Gun control isn’t about disarming the people!! It’s about being as responsible as possible in an effort to protect society. As long as Virginia Tech, Dark Knight and even Treyvon Martin cases exist, we fail to protect society. How many more tragedies are we going to have to experience as Americans before we make some changes?
Today, Mayor Bloomberg tweeted, “Its time for presidential candidates to stand up and tell us what they will do about guns in America.” He went on to tweet, “There’s something more important than getting elected, and that’s standing up and saying what you think is right.” Word, Mayor Bloomberg. Word.
The movie is called Dark Knight Rises, and I guess it did… I send prayers, love and light to the victims and their families. I also pray for peace. Everyday I pray for peace. Be safe dear readers. xo Dre