by Margie Senechal
Oops! I think today is my day and I totally forgot. Usually we get a reminder and mine must've gotten tossed into the junk drawer. Hmmm... (warning, things are about to get political)...Today I woke up to the news that Dick's Sporting Goods was enacting their own gun restrictions and removing automatic rifles from their store. I have to say, it kind of made my day. Clint Eastwood is cringing that I used his catch phrase in reference to gun restrictions :)I spend a lot of time thinking and trying to understand the happenings of not only my world but, the world in general. I come up with theories that quite possibly, only I believe in. Maybe because nobody has heard these wonderful nuggets of wisdom.For example, I believe that liberals don't so much flock to cities as cities create liberals. Because--stay with me here--the more types of people one is exposed to, the more one is likely to realize that humankind is more similar than different. I wonder why this last school shooting is different that all the ones that came before. Will these passionate teenagers be the ones that may move us into a new future? Was it simply timing? Did the #Metoo movement enable their voices to be heard? A couple of years ago on Real Time with Bill Maher, Martin Short (I believe) said that it would be a grassroots movement that would bring about changes in gun control. He compared the NRA to the 70's era Tobacco Lobby. In that, when he was younger, he never envisioned a time when cigarette smokers didn't have the right to smoke whenever and wherever they wanted. The Tobacco Lobby didn't stop trying to buy politicians, but it was the public who changed. I think we're finally seeing that same needle move on the NRA and guns. While the Valentines Day Massacre was a horrible, horrible tragedy...if those teachers and students deaths create real change in gun policy and in politics, then maybe they didn't die in vain.