Sunday, December 06, 2009
The Montreal Massacre and the Great Betrayal
I wish I had been back in Montreal today to lay 14 white roses at the base of this humble monument.
And remember all the murdered women.
And the snowy afternoon their young lives were snuffed out, by a man with a gun.
In a frenzy of misogynist violence.
I've left flowers before. It's always a sad occasion. But this year would have been the saddest anniversary of all, because of the great betrayal.
The sickening event that I wrote about in November, here and here.
I think they were the hardest posts I've ever written. I took quite a bit of heat for them, even from some friends. And I found out today, that last post elicited this comment from another Progressive Blogger.
I’m sorry, but an emotional appeal to that tragedy does not a good argument make.
In fact, trotting their memory out to appeal to your own partisan gains is distasteful and disgusting.
Can you believe that ? Too emotional about a massacre. Or the lives of women and police officers, and paramedics. Must be my feminine side eh?
Distasteful and disgusting for attacking Harper's Cons, for scrapping the gun registry and assaulting women's rights from the very moment they came to power?
Oh boy. Am I dreaming or is the world upside down? I guess I wasn't clear enough.
So I should just say I AM a gentle and emotional person, and I do believe in a kinder, gentler, world ....where feminist values predominate over those of the bloodthirsty patriarchy who are leading us all to destruction.
But I'm also a fighter, in the ring or out, and when it comes to the Cons I'm not gentle at all. Because I believe that if we are going to beat those political thugs who are raping our precious Canadian values, we have to be tougher than they are.
That's not going to change. And I'm never going to change my mind on the gun registry either, because my vision of a better world is one with as few guns as possible. And of course because too many women are being killed by them.
Federal figures show most domestic murders involve long guns - 62 per cent of the total, according to the most recent numbers available - and most victims are women.
"No gun law will prevent all tragedies. This one is imperfect. But there's evidence it's had an impact. The question is, do you want to make it easier or harder for people to get a gun?"
In fact, I don't think I'm going to change anything. Because that's what I take away from this tragedy.The only positive thing. And the only way I could face those names on that humble monument without bowing my head in shame.
By vowing that their legacy will not be forgotten. And that despite the great betrayal, we will get to that kinder gentler world.
The struggle WILL continue.
And I will never FORGET...