Friday, December 14, 2012

2 Separate Gun Massacres in One Week

Three days ago it was a mall in Oregon; this time an elementary school in Connecticut. This time 27 were killed.

NBC News says the guns used in the Connecticut shooting were purchased legally. This is part of the problem.  If someone like this maniac, who executes the second deadliest school shooting in the country's history, can get his hands on this kind of weaponry legally, then the law must change.

President Obama, this afternoon: "We're going to have to come together to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

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So what now?

Are we going to do what we usually do -- wring our hands, shake our heads, say "how awful," and then do nothing?

We are a barbaric country with a Regressive republican congress wholly owned by the NRA. Until we kick out every last one of them, nothing will change.

And I don't want to hear another meaningless platitude from a far rightwing gun nut.  I've heard them all.

"Now's not the time to discuss gun control."

So then apparently we have to make an appointment. How's June 29, 2035? No good. There will probably be a shooting on that day, too.

"Too bad everybody wasn't armed. Everybody could have been shooting at everybody else and it would have been so much better."

That's essentially what these idiots said after Virginia Tech. "If only every student was armed..."  And that's what they said after the Colorado movie theater massacre. "If only everybody in that theater was armed..."

Can you imagine if a shot is fired in a theater or classroom, and everybody whips out a gun, sees everybody else holding a gun, and starts blasting away?

"Guns don't kill people; people kill people."

Yeah, by the thousands, with guns.

 "If guns are outlawed..."

I don't even want to continue with the meaningless bumper sticker platitudes that these righties regurgitate every time this situation comes up.

I think talk show host Mike Malloy said it best:

I will not be on the air tonight. I can't do it. I cannot sit behind a microphone and talk about yet another incomprehensible act of gun violence - this time against the complete innocence and vulnerability of children.

There are no words that can be said to provide any sort of comfort to the parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers of the children murdered in the sanctuary of a school class

room. The pain they will feel is beyond description - there is no way to express this sort of horror.

As for me . . . I am choking on the tears and anguish that other parents - those whose children were not murdered this bright Winter's day - must be feeling.

So . . . 

The "best of" program Kathy has for tonight dealt with a different shooting, not quite one year ago. I will try to be back on the air Monday. 

Today's mass murder of children and their adult caretakers can be - and should be - seen as the NRA's holiday gift to America. How else to comprehend any of this?

- Mike

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