Fallen

December 5, 2015

Red leaves that have fallen to the ground

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

It was an exercise in serenity watching and listening to these leaves as gravity pulled them to the ground. Included with that was a bit of melancholy as this means the passing of another season, and colder times ahead.

According to this report, there have been 355 mass shootings in the United States so far this year.

Unlike the inevitability of the falling of leaves, there are efforts that could be enacted to prevent this degree of violence, for which the United States is leading the world.   The issue is whether or not there is the political and cultural will to intervene.  Americans have quite a unique relationship with firearms, and that makes this an extremely contentious issue-one that, to date, shows very little sign of changing at the Federal level.

The legislative efforts at the state level have been a bit different, as summarized in this article.  Time will tell how these changes hold up to the challenges mounted by those in opposition.

Pogo got it right:  “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Take care.

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