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The Aurora Women's Book Club will accept women of any age, interested in classics to guilty pleasures! April 24, 2015

The Unputdownable Book Club appeared on The Social! March 7, 2015

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Librarian and experienced book club member looking to start a book club in her new hometown! I live in Paris, Ontario, but would welcome members from the surrounding areas. I envision a focus on contemporary literary fiction, but would happily read the classics and literary nonfiction, as well as the occasional work of genre fiction if it is thought-provoking and favourably reviewed (e.g. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). more...

Which Action Supersedes the Other?

What was the Montreal Massacre truly about? Was it about guns? Was it about men hating women? Since December 6, 1989, the activists deeply affected by the horror have focused on gun control. I believe this activism is mislead. Executions in North America since that horrific massacre confirms that guns can be bought on the black market, or stolen, or borrowed.

The focus on a gun registry was or is a bandage to the wound. But a gun registry does not help to solve the problem of what caused the wound in the first place. The killer's hate was so strong that the illegal outcome of killing lives was not an issue. So how could a legal gun registry prevent that kind of mind from finding any means to killing someone? Killing someone is far, far worse from our personal viewpoints, and from the viewpoint of criminal law than obtaining a gun illegally. A gun registry is not going to stop someone from killing. The murderous hateful intent and action is far beyond the rules of possessing a gun.

The Montreal Massacre was really about a man hating women, a man who felt women were taking power, opportunity, and jobs away from men. It was the hate, blaming and objectification of one gender, or class of people. This murderer who hated participated in the blame game to validate and excuse his own personal failure.

There are families who have had a falling out and no longer communicate with each other. Perhaps one person is the black sheep or mentally "weird". We can no longer shrug our shoulders and say, "just because we are family doesn't mean we have to like each other." Well, we can say that, but we can't avoid this oddity in our families. We need to maintain regular contact. If each family doesn't check on their oddball family member, and murderous hatred grows, what could be the outcome for a family? Family linkage to a murderous killer who hated a class of people or a gender group? That's not the kind of legacy to leave for anyone's family name.

People who hate see no future for themselves; they feel trapped in their daily humdrum existence which to them is going nowhere in the foreseeable future. We have all been there, feeling hopeless for a time. Most people keep doors open by putting feelers out, networking, and trying until something good happens. Then there are others who for some reason slam the doors shut, rage and stoke the hatred.

What do we do about a person who hates, who perceives harm done unto oneself by others? When someone believes they have been unfairly treated, when someone blames external factors for one's problems, then we have a problem. But I caution the reader NOT to absolve themselves of action by saying that individual just needs to pull up his boot straps. Hate is a vicious cycle. When hate is not stopped, it can evolve into a criminal action. The perpetrator feels his action is right or justified in that moment.

Gun control is not the answer to this all-consuming hatred which leads to murder. When we recognize hate in another individual towards a class of people, towards a religion, towards a race or towards a gender, everyone of us has an obligation. We have to identify when someone possesses a hateful attitude along with being a loner; we must not ignore that individual. How can this disenfranchised person be given hope for a brighter future? A change in circumstances can sometimes work. But if no amount of motivational speak will change that individual's perception, then a red warning flag should magnify in one's mind. Maybe it is time to tell someone who can conduct a professional analysis.

©Gayle Knutson
December 17, 2014