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Letter to the Editor: Thoughts in wake of Aurora tragedy

Nothing arises in our world that is completely independent of everything else. The most recent violence in Aurora, Colo., is an example of the culture of violence that pervades our world. Just as Gandhiand#8217;s peace and nonviolence movement or Nelson Mandelaand#8217;s reconciliation efforts were not without the underpinnings of unity and forgiveness, our cultureand#8217;s support of violence and guns are at the root of these individual shootings, such as in Aurora.

Every time a shooting like this happens, all of us must look at our own, sometimes unconscious, acts of violence that we support, germinating the seeds of these seemingly independent shootings. Are we supporting the violence against animals on factory farms and in slaughterhouses, the violence against women, or violence in entertainment and sports? How about our support of political leaders who choose war over peaceful conflict resolution or even something as small, and seemingly insignificant, as our own aggressive driving on the roads? And clearly, its imperative that we look at our relationship (more like love affair) with guns.

Supporting sensible gun regulation and passing legislation, like that which the Brady Campaign supports, would go a long way in our effort to create a safer, more peaceful world. We are all responsible for the world we create. Collectively shifting our vision away from our individual responsibility, is the underpinning of this demon of violence, and why it keeps popping its head up, as we turn our vision away from ourselves.

John Merryfield

Kings Beach

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