Forgive me for what seems a sports-related digression, but I had to write something about the tragic loss of Darrent Williams. I was already a bit bummed that my Broncos had blown their chance to make the playoffs on Sunday, but that seems so inconsequential now after their starting cornerback (the "other one" after Champ Bailey), the young and talented Darrent Williams was gunned down while riding in a limo after a party early New Year's morning. He was 24. He had two young children. More than being a great player, he was also a good guy. These kinds of awful things happen far too often, but this one seems to have affected me more than usual - Why do we feel emotional about some deaths - when it's a "stranger" - and not others? Perhaps because I'd been following his career up to this point.
At any rate, one interesting side effect of this tragedy is a debate about guns in America - as exemplified by the discussion boards on the Denver Post after this happened. Check this one out (I chimed in there, as you can see.) If nothing else good comes out of Williams' death, maybe it could be more people taking a good hard look at gun violence. I'd like to think that, but each time something like this happens, few changes seem to occur, while the same "guns don't kill people" rhetoric comes from the NRA.
Rest in piece, Darrent.