“We tend to have such a short memory in this country” ~ father of Columbine shooting victim vs. Senator Mark Udall + Michael Bennet.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 25, 2010
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To Gun Control or Not to Gun Control.

Last year, a father of a Columbine massacre shooting victim took out a full page ad, below, to protest some of elephant’s generally favorite politicians taking an inexplicably, yet perhaps typically waffling Democratic stand on gun control (or lack thereof).

Interestingly, in seeking to put together a little piece on the issue of gun control, here, the first 30 or 40 videos I found were all anti-control (see video at bottom for the most popular one). What is it about Americans and our guns? Our murder rate is out of…control (that word again), and yet we stick to slogans like

guns don’t kill people, people don’t kill people.

Last I checked, a momentary temper tantrum never killed anyone when the best (worst) weapon in hand was a pillow or a porcelain plate or a magazine or what have you. But give a man a trigger to pull, and death is just a shot away.

Via Politico:

The father of a Columbine massacre victim says he’s “disgusted” with Colorado’s freshman Democratic senators for voting in favor of the failed Thune Amendment, which would have allowed licensed owners to transport concealed firearms across state lines.

Tom Mauser, whose son Daniel was murdered a decade ago at the Littleton, Colo. high school, is featured in a full page Denver Post ad questioning the “yes” votes of Michael Bennet and Mark Udall…

…for the rest, click over to Politico.

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Bonus, part 1/12 (keep clicking through for other parts), Bowling for Columbine:

A brief history of (lack of) gun control, etc.:

But many, even in the face of Virginia Tech or Columbine, still don’t buy “gun control”:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to ““We tend to have such a short memory in this country” ~ father of Columbine shooting victim vs. Senator Mark Udall + Michael Bennet.”

  1. Mike says:

    I'm a gun owner with a conceal carry permit. What the proposed amendment . I am allowed to carry in Colorado because I meet Colorado state laws. (My state and Colorado's laws are very similar)

    Mr. Mauser has very valid points and is correct. Colorado state laws should come before other state laws in regard to something this serious.

  2. Beautifully said. In my experience, having lived in two states that love hunting (Colorado and Vermont), hunters are very responsible. It's guns in an urban environment, particularly guns not appropriate for hunting, that seem to be sources of crime and violence.

  3. Rage and hate, sidetracked, may never "blossom" into violence. Having adequate gun checks, delays in permitting helps the "inspiration" behind rage and hate.