Day 1261: Sounds

When the sounds of murderous gunfire ring out on American soil, I listen, again, to the sounds  of Australian-born comedian Jim Jefferies and his monologue on gun control:

While the sounds of that comedy routine (recorded in my sound  hometown of Boston and now sounding on Youtube here and here) include many obscenities, I passionately believe that the assaulting sound of gunfire is much more obscene than the sound reasoning I hear there.

Here are over seven minutes of  important sounds about the 49 people killed in Orlando on Sunday.


As always, I yearn for the sound of your voices, in comments below.

I hope you can hear the sound of love, in my heart, for you all.



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33 thoughts on “Day 1261: Sounds

  1. There are no words to make any of this better. 1 Corinthians 13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”
    Keep hold of this.

  2. I hear you Ann. ❤

  3. My heart breaks. And I will hang onto the acts of love that in the end will be what holds us all together.

  4. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”. 1791. Second Amendment. Bill of Rights.

    That’s it. That is all it is. It was about a well regulated militia, not a few guys in a pickup truck, or a gun enthusiast with a penchant for assault weapons.

    Time to wake up.

    Thanks for including Anderson Cooper. 💘

  5. I am so deeply saddened, Ann.
    Our small town, under 6000, has one of the best gay pride weekends there is. Although I am straight, I often join in the parade and will again this Saturday. I suspect there will be many somber moments in this year’s celebration.

  6. Yesterday I took a walk down Church Street here in Nashville, down to a couple of blocks where there are some gay nightclubs, an old bar called Blue Gene’s whose patrons are mostly gay but advertises being open to everyone (at least over 21), Out Central–an information center and meeting space for LGBT people where a friend of mine sometimes serves meals to homeless transgender youth, and the restaurant Suzy Wong’s House of Yum, run by former Top Chef contestant Arnold Myint. Suzy Wong is also Myint’s drag queen alter ego.
    Other than a sign in one of the clubs I was surprised I didn’t see any expressions of grief or support. Maybe it’s too soon, I thought. Maybe people are expressing their grief in other ways.
    Then I learned about a vigil held around the state capitol. State and government buildings were lit in rainbow colors. The mayor spoke to the community–the whole community.
    June is Pride Month for LGBT people and their allies, so it was nice that in the wake of such horror I could feel pride in the city where I live.

  7. I can understand it when two drug gangs start a war and kill each other and I can understand when someone on some wacky drug loses it and kills an innocent bystander. But I don’t understand why the huge divide between the liberal left and the radical right can unleash such carnage. And I still can’t see why it is has to be blamed on the whole of the world of Islam. And that’s not only an American thing – we have crazy Islamaphobes in Aust too. Just that most of ours don’t have Military assault rifles.

    • Well said! Guns cause these outrages. We’re not short of nutters over here either, but it doesn’t always end in a bloodbath. They need to change their constitution if necessary, to stop all these pointless deaths.

  8. I too wrote of LOVE this morning. I too listened to the sounds of their names, to the stories shared in Anderson Cooper’s reporting of their lives. I too find my heart is heavy with the sound of gunshots no matter where they are fired. ❤

  9. Holly

    I’m a huge Jim Jefferies fan, and this makes me love him more.

  10. For once – I am at a loss for words. I don’t know what to think anymore, other than I think I would like to move back to Australia.

  11. Thank you so much for this, Ann. Jim Jeffries’ take on gun control is brilliant. I have never heard of him. He can really say it straight.

    Oh, I am still so sad. And this post is comforting because it shows we are not helpless.

  12. I’ve never understood the American obsession with guns either. Thanks for posting this wonderful Jeffries clip.

  13. Absolutely compelling videos, Ann

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