A Daily "Thought"

10/01/2015

Notations On Our World: On The #UCCShooting in Oregon

It has been a tragic day in Oregon.    As we have gone to press, the local Sherrif held a conference with a brief note before he headed out to a candlelight vigil with the President of the Local College--the 45th Shooting this year.

We here @ #Outsiders join all in extending our condoloscnes to the Community of Douglas County and are with the Sheriff in noting that the name of the shooter must never be mentioned although some media have mentioned the name.   Although we have seen reports that the same Sheriff wrote a letter to Vice President Biden stating that Federal Gun Safety regulations will not be enforced by his deputies due to their own obligations.     It is ironic as this happened in his own community.

The story continued to develop in a major way throughout the day as the Governor of Oregon spoke earlier on this tragedy: 





The President's statement was simply powerful: 


 THE WHITE HOUSE 

The President just delivered a statement on today's shooting in Oregon.
And one thing he said is certainly ringing in the minds of Americans across the country right now, no matter their politics:
"We are the only advanced country in the world that sees these shootings every few months."
As the details surrounding today's tragedy continue to unfold, this is something every American should watch.
Watch now.
The President speaks on the Oregon tragedy




Bill O"Reilly of Fox News took exception with the President's Statement by noting the current spike in Violence in Chicago and interestingly how gun violence is "framed' as the price of Freedom--and as the aftereffects of the Supreme Court's Heller decision becomes even more evident.    Prayers are fine--but prayers will not bring all who have fallen back.     There are 30,000 who lose their lives every year--with 10,000 a year just in homicides.   The idea of having a "license" for a gun should not be a big deal.

The team @Vox worked on putting together 17 telling charts that a clearly visible Vox Editor in Chief, @Ezra Klein, underscored on his own Facebook page--here is one of them:



America has 4.4 percent of the world's population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world


Image credit: Javier Zarracina/Vox


 Charles P. Pierce of Esquire was even more blunt during an appearance on +The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell  when he noted that one of the parties in the United States is simply run by "Crazies" as it blocks infrastructure investment and blocks mine safety all in the name of "Freedom". 

Will the courage actually exist to transform this as Mrs. Clinton shared her thoughts as well:    
  



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