Better And Better

If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sympathy for the delusional.

I feel bad for Tom Mauser, the father of a kid who died at Columbine High School.

He's annoyed at his state congresscritters for representing their constituency, saying that they are "measuring the political winds."

This means that they didn't vote the way he wanted them to vote, namely against the Thune Amendment.

Could somebody explain to me what his late son's shoes have to do with the price of beans in this political fight that he's injected himself into?

It's a fact that people suffering tragedy need to find something or someone to blame. Sadly, they'll thrash blindly about until they grasp a convenient target, and throttle it frantically, chanting "If only, if only, if only."

I feel for Mr. Mauser. His son shouldn't have died that day. I wish that we could point somewhere to a true panacea that would guarantee that other boys like his won't die in such tragic ways.

But I know better. :(

(Hat tip to Snowflakes In Hell, by way of Tamara.)

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At Thursday, July 30, 2009 11:40:00 PM, Blogger The Tank said...

Tom Mauser has built a career on his son's death. He has no other job although he had a high paying state job when his son was killed. Those of us living in Colorado regularly hear about him and his anti gun crusade. Other parents who lost children have other views that are seldom heard.

Any parent can have empathy for another's parents loss be it a death by crime, accident, or war. Most parents suck it up and get on with their lives. He had become a media whore preaching from what he assumes is the high moral ground. To me, he has cheapened the death of his child.

At Monday, August 17, 2009 5:55:00 PM, Blogger staghounds said...

Mr. Mauser is no more likely to be right because of his son's experience than he is to be crazy.

I'd like to think that if I had raised a child to see him slaughtered for nothing the experience would leave me rational.

But not having had the experience, I can't throw stones at Mr. Mauser, just at his arguments. I hope he finds a way to reach some peace.


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