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What To Say At The End Of This Day When 59 People Were Murdered In Las Vegas By Guns?

October 2, 2017

I just talked with a neighbor who said I sounded like I have allergies.  I told her that I was instead simply exhausted and my voice is reflecting my mood.  I am weighed down over the slaughter of my fellow Americans today, the lowering of the flag at our home, the countless people I talked with as they passed our way as we all agreed nothing will change in our land with the stupefying ignorance that too many have about their Second Amendment ‘rights’.   Trying to wade through it all makes me wish to tell three-thumbers that it is not as if the guns today are the muskets that the Founding Fathers knew of where the gunpowder and ball had to be tamped down each time a shot was taken. There is no way to take the Second Amendment and try to torture it into the twisted mindset of conservatives who wish to see the slaughter continue in this land.  And I truly believe they do as they never work to stop it.  Just talk to the average dimwitted angry white person and I swear they see all sorts of scenarios where they require a weapon.  I am thinking as this day closes many of them were simply potty-trained at gunpoint!

As I read the articles and columns that are pouring forth over this outrage–both about the shooting and all those Americans who have let this happen to our nation–this  popped up over the others for making the point of how I feel.  Aside from telling the lizard Wayne LaPierre to shove his sorry ass back under the rock from where he was hatched the following was perfectly toned.  This below does not make me feel better–nor will it aid you tonight in calming down.  But it so succinctly sums up where my thoughts are as we close out the day.

So far, all signs are that it was just a guy—just one more American killer who got his hands on some collection of weapons designed for the sole purpose of killing people, and who then killed people. We know that if it was a Muslim with a foreign name, we would be in full panic mode and all we would be hearing about is the ever-greater dangers of terrorism. Indeed, the killings in France, on Sunday, which were surely terrorism, have already begun to attract that kind of attention from the right wing here. But when it happens here, what we’re told by the entire power structure of American life—both houses of Congress, the White House, and now the Supreme Court, locked and loaded to sustain the absurd and radical pro-gun ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller—is that there is nothing at all to be done, save to pray.

3 Comments
  1. October 3, 2017 12:04 AM

    Thanks for some words at the end of this day. Thanks–it has been an awful one.

  2. Solly permalink
    October 2, 2017 11:18 PM

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Thank you Mr. Associate Justice, Antonin Scalia for ignoring the first part of the Second Amendment in opening the floodgates for the craziness known as American gun policy. That’s literal reading of the constitution and strict constructionism? Add these 59 people to the tally of people paying for your smug opinion. May you rot in Purgatory.
    So, the guy in Las Vegas must have been part of a well regulated militia and that’s why he needed more than a dozen guns, some military grade with bullets that can pass through multiple people and large magazines to minimize reloading time.
    A couple days ago, when most people saw Congressman Steve Scalise enter the House of Representatives to a standing ovation, after having been shot several months ago, I’m sure most people thought, great, everyone in Congress joining as one. They do that. They excel in the superficial, addressing life and death problems of the country, not so much.
    What I sincerely thought, when I saw the Congressman, supported by his crutches and thanking God and his bodyguards, surrounded by his lily white, old, conservative, 2nd Amendment absolutist colleagues was this:
    Gee Steve, how great that you have wonderful insurance to pay for your many operations and rehabilitation. How great that your employer is keeping your job open and continuing your pay, a lot of people would have been let go because they couldn’t work or don’t have sick leave. How great that you had bodyguards so that the shooter couldn’t finish the job. I bet the kid in Milwaukee who was shot by a gangbanger’s stray bullet in his bedroom, the person looking to enjoy the new Batman movie in Colorado or the 5 year old finger painting a picture for her parents in Sandy Hook would have loved that.
    How wonderful, even if you could have made the case that practicing for a baseball game when you were shot was work-related and you were eligible for Workers Compensation or Unemployment Comp that you don’t live in Wisconsin, where Scott Wanker would want you to piss in a cup every week to get drug-tested to make sure you are worthy of state assistance. A Taiwanese lying business executive who’s getting $3 billion, no pissing in a cup.
    But that’s me, a glass half full kinda guy.

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