The words from President Obama on Friday were to the point.
The last thing Americans should have to do, over the holidays or any day, is comfort the families of people killed by gun violence. This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal. If we truly care about this — if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough.
The carnage left from a deranged angry white male with a gun at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs once again shows the necessity of getting a hold over the real evil of gun violence that has infected our society. Too many guns and too many ways for people to get a hand on them.
As the events continued into the evening and the shooter had been arrested and cuffed a light snow started to fall on that city. It was almost to say if there could be a way to wipe clean the horror of yet another gun shooting in this nation that the angels were trying. This morning as the news teams report from the scene it is clear there is no way to have enough snow from last night to cover the yellow crime tape–and surely not enough snow to cover the mighty stain of our nation’s inability to deal with gun violence in this nation.
There is little doubt that the sanity of Robert Lewis Dear is nowhere to be found. Anyone who would think attacking a Planned Parenthood clinic was in any way a positive action is not clicking on all cylinders. But that our nation allows for anyone–including a delusional bastard like Dear–to obtain a weapon and amass ammunition reflects poorly on each and every one of us.
Nothing will change in regards to our nation’s gun laws as result of Friday’s mass shooting. It will happen again and headlines in large font will dominate the front pages of newspapers to report the next horrible shooting . People will talk about. I will certainly blog about it.
But nothing will change because there are not enough Americans who care to make a difference, or if they are smart enough to understand are not able to find their way to advocate for change.
At the end of the day maybe this is just another indicator that America is indeed in decline. Because if we can not control gun violence we are certainly not going to be able to deal with other larger and more complex matters that face our country.