Straight Forward in a Crooked World: untitled in wake of an atrocity In wake of the atrocity (which is the correct term instead of the misplaced tragedy) at Sandy Hook Elementary I have, like many of you, found myself amidst of old and failed debates. The idea, or rather ideology that there is a solitary solution to end violent crime is of course a false one. Earlier today I received an email from someone who went into grand detail telling me that I had blood on my hands as an NRA member and, gun rights activist for the actions of Adam Lanza. Below is my reply that I felt I would share. "I own chainsaws, I am not to blame for the deforestation of the rain forests. I own a car, I am not to blame for the drunk drivers of this world. I hunt wild game, I am not blame for those who slaughter wild dolphins in Taiji. I own a camera, I am not to blame for the pornography aimed at children. I have a butcher knife, I am not to blame for slasher that rides the train. My shed holds gas cans, I am not to blame for the arsonist. My garden requires fertilizer, I am not to blame for those who blow up buildings. My hands bear fists, I am not to blame for the man who beats his family. My body bears a penis, I am not to blame for the rapist. I run a business, I am not to blame for the con man who runs a scam. My heart bears love, I am not to blame for those who are loveless."