Sunday, January 9, 2011

Tragedy Hits Close to Home

Nine-year old Christina-Taylor Green was victim in yesterday's senseless shooting in Tuscon, Arizona. She was the granddaughter of legendary Phillies manager Dallas Green who led the Phillies to their first world championship in 1980.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dallas Green in the early 90's before a Phillies game.  Greene, a larger than life character,  poked fun of me for wanting a picture of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas.

Although this will take months to sort out, Tuscon became the crossroads of 1st Amendment meeting the 2nd Amendment with consequences.   This past election cycle, a former vice-presidential candidates PAC placed cross hairs on 20 incumbent Democratic Congressmen including the 10th District's Chris Carney.  A Senate candidate in Nevada called on "2nd Amendment solutions."

Our republic was founded on basic freedoms and Bill of Rights.  One thing that makes the United States unique is our system of checks and balances with peaceful change in government.

With my children in tow, I have attended political rallies for the "targeted" Carney with my 9-year old.  It was and still is a great chance to view the political process up close and personal.  Did all that end yesterday?

Listen to the Special Comment, especially the second half.

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