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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mourning in America: Navy Yard Massacre and Another Moment of Silence at Boston's Fenway Park: A Nation in Perpetual Mourning

Yet another moment of silence before the United States National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, at Boston's Fenway Park. Certainly, the USA knows how to conduct moments of silence because, unfortunately, we have lots of experience.

We're a united in professional mourning caused by gun violence.  

Perhaps, at all events, prior to playing the nation's National Anthem, we should include a moment of silence for the victims of gun violence. After all, every single day in America, we shamefully add more people to the list of those we mourn, because they died too soon, from gun violence. 

This time, at Boston's Fenway Park prior to the Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles game, a moment of silence was added to the growing mourning list.  

It was a somber public memorial in tribute to the victims of the September 16, 2013 Navy Yard massacre, perpetrated by another crazed gunman, who penetrated a secure facility to kill 12 people. Those murdered were civilians and contractors, just starting their day at a massive military compound that’s normally a bastion of safety, at the Navy Yard.

Yet, the silence created a momentary flashback. It was another reminder of those killed and injured in the domestic terror attack on Boston's Patriot's Day April 16, 2013, in a domestic incident that created "Boston Strong" in an odd irony of coincidental "16" dates.
Of course, the Boston Strong attacks were perpetrated by deadly homemade bombs, but the tragedy continued the litany of America as a violent place and becoming more so.

Moreover, the multiple and growing numbers of "moments of silence" are seemingly an abyss of memorials, in a nation experiencing perpetual mourning. It seems to me, the  United States of America has become States United in Mourning America.  

Perhaps, President Ronald Reagan's memorable "Morning in America campaign ad should be changed to "Mourning in America", and become an "anti violence with guns campaign ad", instead.

In fact, President Reagan, our 40th Commander in Chief, became an advocate of gun regulations after he left the White House. No doubt, he was influenced because of his own survival of an assassination attempt.  President Reagan almost miraculously survived an attack by a gunman on March 30, 1981, in Washington DC, only 69 days into his Presidency.  Reagan's survival was made possible because of rapid transport to a nearby emergency department, after he was shot. His wounds were nearly fatal.

It's simply outrageous for our nation to continue to experience this growing epidemic of gun related incidents.  They're alarmingly predictable and completely preventable.  Each incident shares shameful similarities  a lone gunman, nobody saw the signs, somehow gets guns, massacres innocent people. Then, the follow up, the National Rifle Association pontificates about how the guns don't really kill, as though the incidents happen in the context of a violent video game.  

Even more predictable are the stupid people who are Second Amendment zealots, who virtually believe the National Rifle Association's ridiculous mantra about the people, not guns, that kill. Yet, without guns, there couldn't possibly be any gun violence.

It's a public health axiom - get to the root cause of the epidemic. It's a known fact, supported by medical science, that diseases would never be the root cause of human deaths, if it weren't for the existance of bacteria, aka "deadly germs". Likewise,  with guns.  

Nevertheless, "Mourning in America" will continue until American legislators and the majority opinion of our United States Supreme Court recognizes that among our Constitutional Inalienable Rights is the right to be protected from harm by gun violence.  

This right to safety from gun violence should trump the Second Amendment protections of gun ownership. That which is inalienable cannot be bought, sold, or transferred from one individual to another. The personal rights to life and liberty guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States are inalienable.  

Therefore, this blog is calling for a moment of silence to be led before the playing of the National Anthem at every event where we pay tribute to our nation, which is in perpetual mouring. We must protect the inalienable right to be protected from gun violence caused by guns 

A traditional silence must be included in our public domain, because we do it so well and seems to united us, while drawing essential attention to "Mourning in America".

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