September 17: A Day To Honor And A Day To Mourn!

As we wake up on September 17, we mourn the deaths of 12 people in the US Navy Yards in Washington, DC, by a crazed gunman, who loved violent video games and had access to guns despite two incidents in his past, that should have made him ineligible for buying or possessing firearms, another example of the violence and insanity that permeates American society, and endangers all of us, including our President, who has had more death threats and plots against him than any occupant of the Oval Office!

And we awaken to the anniversary of three historic events that stand out, two that we can be proud of, and one which we continue to mourn!

On this day, in 1787, 226 years ago, the Founding Father generation, the true statesmen of our history, signed the Constitution, and we were on our way to the creation of the greatest government ever to walk the face of the earth, with the understanding that compromise had been necessary to achieve progress, something we have lost sight of in these difficult times we are living through.

On this day, in 1978, 35 years ago, President Jimmy Carter finished the accomplishment of bringing together the leaders of Israel and Egypt in the Camp David Accords. These were two nations that had gone to war against each other multiple times, who now engaged in a peace treaty that still endures in these unstable times in the Middle East.

Sadly, this is also the 151st Anniversary of the bloodiest battle in American history, the Battle of Antietam in Maryland in 1862 during the Civil War, which led to the death of almost 4,000 soldiers, and a total of 23,000 casualties in total.

So there is a lot to reflect upon and think about on this historic day, September 17, as we mourn the death of more gun violence victims!

10 comments on “September 17: A Day To Honor And A Day To Mourn!

  1. Rustbelt Democrat September 17, 2013 9:37 am

    When will enough ever be enough?

  2. Jane Doe September 17, 2013 9:40 am

    The Declaration was written before the Constitution and no one’s right to bear arms trumps my right to live.

  3. Princess Leia September 17, 2013 9:41 am

    Amen to that, Jane Doe! I will not be convinced that an AR-15, which can fire up to 700 rounds per minute, is anything more advanced than a human killing machine, or that the forefathers could have envisioned such a tool when they enshrined that “right to bear arms.”

  4. Jane Doe September 17, 2013 10:24 am

    Thanks Leia.

    Very much agree Rustbelt. When will these gun nuts ever get it through their thick heads that they don’t need military-style guns for hunting or self-defense in their home. A simple shotgun will suffice for that.

  5. Ronald September 17, 2013 11:01 am

    We are living in an insane asylum where we promote “right to life”, except when it comes to guns! And yet, life is very cheap, as we have people who say let poor people and children starve!

  6. Rustbelt Democrat September 17, 2013 1:58 pm

    Great article Leia. The radical right ignores text, history, and precedent in their misinterpretation of the 2nd Amendment.

  7. Eugene September 17, 2013 6:46 pm

    These damn Tea Party racist always shooting people! I remember Brian Ross at ABC quickly trying to link the shooting in Tuscon on the Tea Party.
    And now another Tea party right wing nut job performed another “workplace violence” incident “a-la Major Hasan”, in DC Naval Yard.
    Oopps! He was a liberal??!!! How can that be? And he used a shot gun instead of an AR-15!!! Now we are going to have to ban shot-guns!

  8. Ronald September 17, 2013 6:52 pm

    Tea Party types have shown they are racists, and some have threatened our President. It is the right wing which is a threat, and to call Alexis a “liberal” is preposterous! You are making a fool of yourself, Eugene-Robert-Juan Peron, and I am losing patience with your inane comments, attacking liberals and falsifying history. You continue this way, and I will prevent you from your desire to pollute this blog with your ignorance!

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