- In addition to addressing the way our nation’s bizarre gun culture undermines common sense in dealing with gun violence, we must talk about this unfortunate place we’ve reached where civility and respect in society are dismissed as unnecessary niceties, even as contempt and loathing for those we don’t agree with are embraced as democratic rights.
- We must discuss the mighty price America is paying for hatred.
Jane Ahlin, MinnPost
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Have we no shame? At long last, have we no shame?
06/24/16 | Some of the most heartfelt remarks after the Orlando shooting were by Utah’s lieutenant governor, Spencer Cox. In an NPR interview with Kelly McEvers, Cox, a Mormon, publicly stated his regrets for his former attitude toward LGBTQ citizens. He admitted that previously he would not have been as upset about a shooting targeting homosexuals as he would have been about other shootings, such as at a mall or a school. He now understands how wrong that was.
Before Cox’s conversation with McEvers, he had attended a vigil for the victims and survivors of the mass shooting in Orlando. At the vigil he spoke, saying, “I recognize fully that I am a balding, youngish, middle-aged straight, white, male, Republican politician with all of the expectations and privileges that come with those labels. I am probably not who you expected to hear from today. I’m here because … 49 Americans were brutally murdered …. I’m here because those 49 people were gay. I’m here because it shouldn’t matter. But I’m here because it does.”
A writer and columnist from Fargo, N.D., Jane Ahlin also has taught English at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
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