It wasn’t just that the Republican-controlled House would never have passed the bill, even if there had been sixty votes for background checks in the Senate. It was watching the whole process, realizing again so vividly and on an issue that matters so much, that the people who make the laws for three hundred million people are often cowards or fools or both.
“Today’s vote is a damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington. More than 40 U.S. senators would rather turn their backs on the 90 percent of Americans who support comprehensive background checks than buck the increasingly extremist wing of the gun lobby….
Think about every lesson you’ve learned so far in life, from the little ones like how to not eat so quickly that you bite down on the fork while chewing or how to not get shampoo in your eyes while showering and why it’s a good idea to stand back from the curb on a rainy day to the larger ones about when to listen and when to talk or why it’s sometimes easier to sacrifice something you’re not fully passionate about so that you can make your stand on a more important issue later or how everyone else is pretty much as scared and stupid and just trying to get by as you are so there’s no reason to be intimidated or upset by careless words or actions.
Sometimes you read things by people you love and admire and suddenly the world gets a little clearer. This is a tad old, but Winnie Holzman’s high school advice for Rookie Mag resonates just as much as an adult.