Aurora Could Be A New Day

You Can Do Something

Posted Aug 02, 2012

Like everyone else, I have been left numb by the Aurora killings, unable to deal with it. "Not again...." A feeling of resignation makes us feel powerless. We sigh, shake our heads, resigned there will be future martyrs.

But wait. What does Aurora mean? It means "dawn"—i.e., the beginning of a new day. If we care enough about one another, and about our children, there is no reason why, Aurora could not be the name of a new movement to change the status quo. This doesn't mean that people can't own guns.

We live in a new age—the Age of Aquarius is now the Age of Terrorists, homegrown as well as foreign. The world is not what it used to be. It changed well before 2011. It changed in 1995 when we discovered one of us, an American army veteran, would blow us to pieces to make a point by killing 168 people and injuring over 800. Everybody has the right to buy explosives, lots of explosives: and everybody has the right to buy an assault weapon and 6,000 rounds of ammo in The Age of Terrorists. Nothing has changed—but everything has.

Politicians seem unable to stand up for causes that are going to cost them money or votes. The NRA defends the right to buy assault weapons—i.e., machine guns. Are shoulder launched missiles banned? Is there a line somewhere? Because we live in the Age of Terrorists, homegrown as well as foreign, do we need to rethink where the line is? Shouldn't citizens be free from the the fear of being shot at with a machine gun?

"Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide." We can decide. We live in a democracy. Resignation is a decision. If you don't do anything, you are supporting the status quo. If you want to make a difference, do something—call or email you local and state politicians, get together with friends and start petitions.

"The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.” (Robert M. Hutchins) "The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy." (Montesquieu).

With friends, reach out to someone who is lonely.

In the name of Aurora, make a new day begin. If every American who cares wore a white plastic bracelet (spirit/peace) with Aurora written in red (love/life), the money could go to help change the status quo—to withdraw the right to carry military assault weapons or to help those injured in mass attacks. Maybe somebody out there can help make that dream a reality.

Together, we can make Aurora a new day.