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Victim Of Gun Violence Says Loss Knows No Boundaries
Victim Of Gun Violence Says Loss Knows No Boundaries

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AIR DATE: April 17, 2013

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Michael Litt, Organizing for Action

BY AMY KINGSLEY --The issue of gun violence doesn’t hit much closer than this: In December 2004, Michael Litt’s father was shot to death during a robbery on the Caribbean island of St. Martin. It turned his life upside-down.

“It was of course very devastating. My father and I had a great relationship," Litt says. "Basically, my father’s murderers really got to the core of my being, that relationship, that connection that I had with my father is interwoven in to my very being. The best that I can think to describe it is if you’ve ever had the wind knocked out of you. You know, you still feel it. It does that — it knocks the wind out of your soul.”

Litt is sharing his story with the hope that it will raise support for the universal background checks that are being debated in Congress. But why is he lobbying for changes in the United States when his father was killed in another country?

“This kind of loss doesn’t know any boundaries.”

Congress will probably vote to expand background checks, although they still won’t be universal. Still, Litt thinks it’s a step in the right direction, and a change that both sides can agree on.

“The universal background check that’s being discussed is the middle ground, is the common ground.”

 

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    COMMENTS:
    Connie You are absolutely right. Good for you for standing up to these sickos. They get on their high horse about this ridiculous 2nd amendment crap. They know deep down this has nothing to do with the 2nd amendment. It is without a doubt the most ludicrous rebuttal to background checks. The real issue is these people are literally incapable of empathy. They cannot comprehend anything unless it happens to them. Once it does, they evolve. Their son is gay, hey, time to flip flop. Why? Because it finally enters their world and they begin to really think about the issue. Until that happens, all the logic in the world will not help them understand the problem.
    slApr 15, 2013 15:58:43 PM
    I knew a young man who professed that anyone should be able to shoot anyone at any time anywhere. He was on meds, on SSI, had been kicked out of school, and while I knew him spent 6 months in a group home for some infraction, in California. His alcoholic father, a vet and retired cop, taught him to drink, do drugs, shoot and hate. In the summer I knew him, we got along really well--as he was both smart and funny. Few took him seriously when he expressed his need/wish to kill, but kill he did, just after turning 18, with five lives extinguished or ruined. It happened to me. Why do you think it won't happen to you? A killer slept in my house. The crazies are out there, in here, all around you--and some are armed. A judge in Louisiana says convicted felons have the right to carry guns too, and let's make that retroactive. Let them all out and let them have their assault rifles. What could possibly go wrong? To own guns because you fear the government taking them away makes you one of the crazies. I won't apologize for being anti-massacre and pro-safety. I am deeply sorry for the kids he killed, but I'm also sorry he was allowed to destroy his own life.
    Norma UngerApr 10, 2013 21:09:01 PM
    Yes, it's sad when people are killed by guns, BUT... One's odds of getting killed by a nut with a gun are essentially ZERO, and, unless one is a gang-banger or criminal, one's odds of getting killed by a gun are still essentially ZERO. On the other hand, all of history shows that one's odds of being killed by one's own government (democide) in its never ending quest for power and control are about 1 in 400 (200 million citizens murdered in the 20th century alone - many times more than are killed in wars). And to prevent being a victim of democide one should have guns, "evil" guns just like the military and police of the State, and lots of them. Our Founders understood this simple fact that somehow eludes modern gun-grabbers, hence our 2nd Amendment. I'd say the worries of the gun-grabbers are very misplaced.
    Tim HuntApr 10, 2013 14:02:17 PM
    My sympathies to Mr. Litt for his loss but I have to comment on the weakness of the argument presented in this SON segment. If the anti-gun / anti-violence factions cannot come up with a more compelling example than a person shot in a foreign country 9 years ago, then I cannot help but assume gun violence *really* isn't that bad. There was also the reference to the unnamed "friend that is an NRA member" and the host's leading/pandering questions.
    Aunty PalinApr 10, 2013 10:06:29 AM
    Aunty, What an astounding comment on Mr. Litt's tragedy. Perhaps twenty first graders, all in one school, all in one Connecticut community, all with their bodies ripped apart by scores of bullets is enough for you to deem gun violence "that bad"? Your tolerance level for murder and massacres is disturbingly high. Your comment's lack of humanity made me feel physically ill. Perhaps you're one of those people who have to experience this kind of misfortune first-hand before being capable of giving these atrocities the weight they deserves. I do hope that someday you'll come to appreciate the level of thoughtlessness you've exhibited here.
    Connie Jean SnyderApr 10, 2013 18:34:51 PM
    If anyone is being "thoughtless" - it is literally you, CJ Synder. Mr. Litt appeared on SON and is speaking at this weekend's rally because he wishes to influence public opinion and public policy. As such, I have the right to express my opinion about this SON segment. While public opinion is swayed by emotion, public policy should be based on facts. The "loss knows no boundaries" point presented here is emotional not factual. We already have so/too many "feel good" gun laws and none of the currently proposed regulations would prevent another Sandy Hook. It would seem St. Maarten had very strict gun laws back in 2004 when Mr. Litt's father was killed. (There appears to have been an effort to relax gun laws in 2011.) http://www.todaysxm.com/2011/04/27/minister-duncan%E2%80%99s-gun-policy-has-more-opponents-than-supporters/
    Aunty PalinApr 10, 2013 22:11:23 PM
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