Make it stop.

I contemplated making a blog commentary on MO Senate Nominee (R) Todd Akin yesterday, but I changed my mind. Todd Akin has said some ignorant, horrifying things about rape that no apology can take away. The words reveal a true window into the man’s psyche. That being said, with all social media coverage on this story (my own post, here, included), there are more serious matters to consider. What I’m trying to say is this news item is full of trigger issues for many survivors.

We’ve all had our say and given this poor excuse of a man enough attention. It’s time to think of the the anger, the pain, and potential triggers survivors have to cope with every time they see a headline on rape and how, once again, someone thinks the victim is responsible for any part of what occurs during or after the fact.

The media is doing enough damage. Please, make it stop.

Some Ramblings on the Public Reaction to the Tragedy in Colorado

I have not posted about the recent events surrounding the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. Families are in shock and/or grieving. The media is covering the story, as it is, and unfortunately, people are trying to attach a political agenda to this event. 

Last night, Mr. Magick Man and I went to see the new Batman movie at Studio Movie Grill. They were running a bit behind schedule in clearing the theatre, so there was a line of people waiting to be seated. I could not help but overhear the conversation of the couple sitting next to us… the woman was talking to her husband about the shooting in Colorado, and she was genuinely nervous about something happening while we were watching the movie. She said there are “all sorts of lunatics” out there. I couldn’t help myself… I turned to her and laughed, and said, “Hon, you must know half my family!” Obviously, her husband was trying calm her anxiety by inserting some sense of realism, but he wasn’t doing a good job of it… When she said something about how the guy just started shooting, Mr. Magick Man finally said, “Yeah, but here in Texas, we shoot back.” I don’t know if that made her feel better or made her even more nervous, but she stopped talking about the shooting.

What got me to writing about this today is, people are watching so much of the coverage on this tragedy we have people living in fear. The political agenda people are pushing on this – that it wouldn’t have happened if we had stronger gun control laws or if people weren’t allowed to own guns at all – has the general public living in fear. Why? Because they’re spinning it as though all gun owners are freaking lunatics or criminals.

What happened in Colorado was a terrible, terrible thing. IMHO, James Holmes either snapped and had some kind of psychotic break, or he’s just pure evil. The defense is probably going to play for the psychotic break. Would this have happened if we had stricter gun laws? Yes. He just would have found some other type of weapon. Homemade bombs… purchasing weapons on the black market… where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Should we live in fear because there might be a psychotic lurking around the corner? HELL NO. Life is too short for that kind of attitude. Better to live life as you normally would and be capable of defending yourself and your family if necessary.