15 June, 2017
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
I am saddened by yesterday’s hideous attack on your colleagues, Congressman, and doubly so that it came from a man who purportedly embraced many of the same views as myself—though apparently not those relating to the use of violence. I am—have I mentioned this?—a believer in the Buddhist principle that exhorts us to “do no harm.” In any event, we can agree that the sickening madness of gun violence knows no political parties and respects none of our fellow human beings, no matter their political views.
Yesterday’s barbarous action speaks for itself, and needs no commentary from me. I will spare you for today the self-righteous lecture about the appallingly easy access in America to weapons that serve no purpose other than to inflict multiple deaths in a matter of mere seconds. Though… there, I’ve done it.
May your colleagues recover speedily and completely from their undeserved wounds. And may those dozens of others whose family members died by gunfire in America on the same day find solace; and may those many others who suffered wounds in the same way be similarly restored to health.
Peter Clothier, Ph.D.