Monday April 22, 2013

The U.S. Senate lost its chance to become an American hero. Instead, 41 Republicans and four Democrats caved into their own fears and possible loss of prospective voters they represent.

This was an important vote. Not only to take one small step toward saving lives, but just as important, it was a psychological vote. I had no idea so many people were so close to paranoia until this whole issue arose. I always thought of gun owners and hunters as law-abiding citizens just like everyone else. I still think most of them are.

But listening to gun lobbyists and the NRA, I am deeply puzzled by their palpable fear of government. I thought they just wanted to sell more guns. Now I am beginning to understand all this fear about a socialist state, when all most Americans want is to support deserving Americans in unfortunate straits. Unwittingly these very fears have placed such groups into the position of being feared themselves. Have they even thought about that?

Today, our young people, especially, need to remember Roosevelt’s thundering words at his first inaugural. He said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Faith is the antithesis of fear. Trust sets up an energy field and chemistry that attracts its own. We get what we emit.

Perhaps all of this can open our eyes to a USA which pleads through its grief for fairness, balance, and self respect.

ELNA NUGENT

Lenox