It was only a matter of time, really.
Just a matter of time before some pro-gun nutjob acted out the violent rhetoric put out by others on that side. We have political figures like Sarah Palin, putting crosshairs over congressional districts, like Giffords', "We'll aim for these races and many others," Palin wrote on her Facebook page. "This is just the first salvo in a fight to elect people across the nation who will bring common sense to Washington." As I write this, it is still on her Facebook page. We have right-wing radio hosts threatening federal judges. You have the head of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, claiming that "The guys with the guns make the rules." How much farther are the people of this nation going to let this go?
So, what can you do about? You.
Here's what you can do about it. First, stop supporting those who say these things. If it were a friend of your child who said these things, you would tell your child to stop hanging around them and listening to them, wouldn't you? If a radio host suggests violence, stop listening, and send a complaint to their distributor. If an elected official says such things, or fails to decry those who do, don't vote for them, and tell them how offended you are. If you disagree with Mr. LaPierre and others who run organizations that support violence, cancel your membership. If you're a member of the media, stop giving them a microphone. It's simple, really. They rely on your support, and they say horrible things because they know it gets your attention and keeps it. Turn your back to them.
The second thing you can do is support those who call for peace, who call for non-violence and tolerance, who actively campaign against violence. Organizations of people who work together for those goals. Organizations like us.
Together we can heal our sickened society and create a new trajectory for it.