Today at noon I spoke on Oregon Public Radio. I was nervous, not only because this was a first for me, but also because someone who didn’t like my opinion might wish me or my family harm. I did it anyway. I took a few precautions just in case, but I decided to put a voice to my blog. So far My blog has been viewed over 55,000 times. Far more than I had ever expected. By going on the radio I actually thought my blog would have even more activity. After all, you could now access it from the OPB website. I was wrong…. It is just slowly creeping along…. It really isn’t important to me but it is interesting.
It is interesting because The visit from President Obama has come and gone, it has been over a week since the shooting at UCC, and this morning I woke up to news of a shooting on another college campus. The world has moved on to the most recent tragedy and we are left to pick up the pieces and wait for the dust to settle. This event and our town being thrust onto the international stage has brought to light what I knew was here all along. We saw it in the anger at the President over his remarks the evening of the shooting and then again in the protest signs today, as the President offered condolences to the families of those who died last Thursday. The protesters today took the focus away from the families of those lost and made it about the President and gun control. How does holding up a sign against gun control help any of the families who chose to meet with the president? Do you think those families feel supported by you?
Yes, I want to have a talk about guns and gun violence. I want to be able to have these discussions respectfully, thoughtfully, intelligently and I am sorry if it is too soon, but I want to have them now. How long do we need to wait for he dust to settle? It was already too long for our own UCC family and now for the students of Northern Arizona University…. It has been three years since Sandy Hook…. Is it time yet? But I am not standing out on the street with a sign. I am talking to my friends, teaching my students tolerance and compassion, writing blogs, getting interviewed on the radio, and thanking our Mayor (who I disagree with on many issues) for welcoming President Obama to Roseburg.