Yesterday, Bend residents remembered the victims of recent shootings in Clackamas and Newtown, Connecticut with a candlelight vigil in Drake Park. There's also a vigil in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square today at 4:30 pm.
Responses to the gun violence have been varied.
From that of Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R):
"We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools," Huckabee said on Fox News. "Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?"
to that of Left, which is calling for tougher gun laws.
Huckabee is clearly an insensitive, out of touch ass. But calling on religion during such times is understandable, as is the cry for increased restrictions on the weapons often used during these tragic moments.
But we can't be sure if prayer or legislation or gun restrictions or increased availability of mental health care will solve anything. As one of my most clever friends pointed out in his latest blog post, we, as individuals can START the change.