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Frank Ticheli ~ An American Elegy

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Gandalfe, Feb 15, 2018.

  1. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Dec 26, 2007
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    From Frank's FB page: When I composed An American Elegy in response to the Columbine Shooting tragedy, I thought it would be a singular episode, or at least a rare one, in our nation's history. Sadly, I am constantly reminded how wrong I was.

    Nothing will improve until more lawmakers find the humility to admit that the Constitution was not inspired by God, but written by mere mortals doing the best they could without benefit of a crystal ball. Those same mortals saw this themselves, thereby permitting amendments to the Constitution. In other words, they possessed a humility and wisdom that many current lawmakers seem to lack.

    Current lawmakers also need to let go of the fear that tighter gun legislation equals removal of all guns. (I am from the rural south and grew up with guns; got my first rifle at age 10, owned several, went hunting all through my childhood.) In fact, common sense gun legislation may very well save the second amendment.

    Finally, our lawmakers need to find the strength to compromise and the courage to act, even if it means losing their NRA donations and their seats in Congress. This may not happen in my lifetime. But I have hope that my children's generation will show more wisdom than my small-minded generation of lawmakers has managed to muster.

    An American Elegy has been performed frequently in response to mass shootings occurring since Columbine. I had no idea that could ever happen. I am sad about a cultural situation that makes it so.

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  2. Groovekiller

    Groovekiller Distinguished Member Distinguished Member

    Jan 19, 2008
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    I live 8-9 miles from the Parkland mass shooting. I worked over 20 years as a repairman in a store 4 miles from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high shool and repaired hundreds of their instruments. I know LOTS of the teachers.
    All I have to say is, listen to the kids who survived. Everyone else is full of crap.
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