How dare you. How dare you insinuate that a grieving mother or father is part of some government plot designed to take away your guns. How fucking dare you. These people lost their children, their friends, their coworkers, their sisters, their brothers. Who the hell are you to belittle their grief with bullshit conspiracy theories made to make you feel better about clinging to your guns and archaic laws while people in this country die every single fucking day? How many people have to die? How many tragedies like Newtown, Aurora, and Columbine do we have to endure before you wake up? I want you to take a step back and imagine that you’re a parent and you’re sitting in your office when your phone rings and on the other line someone is telling you your baby is dead. Then imagine someone tells you your grief isn’t real. How dare you.
Along with our freedom to live our lives as we will comes an obligation to allow others to do the same. We don’t live in isolation. We live in a society, a government for and by the people. We are responsible for each other. We have the right to worship freely and safely; that right was denied to Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The right to assemble peacefully; that right was denied shoppers in Clackamas, Oregon, and moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado.
That most fundamental set of rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, fundamental rights that were denied to college students at Virginia Tech and high school students at Columbine and elementary school students in Newtown; and kids on street corners in Chicago on too frequent basis to tolerate; and all the families who never imagined they’d lose a loved one to — to a bullet, those rights are at stake. We’re responsible.