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Carrying a child’s coffin…

David Horsey,,
Christina Taylor Green's belief and hope for us all...
David Horsey,, Christina Taylor Green's belief and hope for us all...

Good morning, Netizens...

I have have spent an entire week huddled meekly in the corner of my office contemplating all the various opinions that have rumbled forth from Community Comment regarding the shootings in Tucson, Arizona and for what? Could I by holding my peace undo any of the terribly sad events that took place; could I somehow thwart the angry ebb and flow of opinions regarding Sarah Palin's opinions, if not half the ultra-conservative blog posts? I simply sat and watched everyone's opinions splat vociferously against the walls of the Internet and tried to make a peace of it all. For what it is worth, I believe I failed miserably at making an inner peace within myself regarding the controversy over mental illness and the right to bear arms.

Perhaps the uppermost vision that swam through my mind was how horribly sad it must be to carry a coffin bearing the last remains of a small child to its final resting place. Such a somber image as the pallbearers carrying the tiny body of Christina Taylor Green out the door of the funeral home should never be visited on the hearts of parents or grandparents anywhere.

Then there is David Horsey's cartoon that spoke volumes about this little girl, dead long before her time, who in life was full of great hopes and aspirations, who truly wanted to fulfill the dreams and hopes of the best and finest that is America.

People can politically say what they want about President Barack Obama but it remains certain that he is  a masterful public speaker, of crafting durable, vibrant verbal images that speak to the American experience.

Just one time give me my heartfelt wish: no more tiny children in coffins, shot dead by a terribly deranged young man with a gun and uncertain motivations. No more murder and mayhem in the streets, regardless of their political beliefs.


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