My 88 year old mother phoned me and asked me not to attend the reason rally. She said not to go because they have guns down there. Of course we have guns up here in Canada, but she is correct about there being a lot more south of our border and a more pro gun culture.
I told her not to worry. Getting shot at is not something I consciously seek out. People are getting shot up here in Canada as well. I still remember the story in a Toronto paper about a New York grandmother getting mugged in our city during the time when New York was the mugging capitol of North America.
But, I have to admit an unconscious bias about guns in the U.S. A few days before, I was making an online tee shirt with a slogan for the Rally and picked out a heart shaped Canadian Flag and a heart shaped U.S. flag. I could select the placement for these graphics and when positioning them over my chest - it gave me an uneasy feeling. My gut was saying that would be a nice target to shoot at and poetic for the shooter because they aligned with my actual heart. So then I dropped them down to belly level - but it just looked silly there. My final choice was to put them at the back of the tee shirt. The shooter would have to make an extra cowardly shot.
Of course this will be a peaceful event and no shots will be fired. It seems when my mom and I read things like 52% of Alabama voter believe Obama is a Muslim we get a little scared about the thinking down there. I will attend the Reason Rally and support our U.S. brothers and sisters. It must take a lot of courage to actually live in Alabama and confront the prejudices there.