Saturday, December 15, 2012

Another horror, this time in Connecticut

Pardon my cynicism, but another mass shooting (in an elementary school this time) and another call by certain folks to turn schools and the rest of society into an armed encampment?

Must be a day ending in "y"...

There are people who are writing about this far more eloquently, far more heart-wrenchingly, than I can.

All I can ask is the same question that I asked in the aftermath of the movie theater shooting -

What's the magic number? 

How much blood has to be spilled before mindless rhetoric takes a back seat to reasoned discussion?  How many innocent people must die before our elected "leaders" stop quaking in fear of/sucking up to the gun industry and its lobbyists/cheerleaders at the NRA?

A couple of observations:

1.  The people who argue that the best way to prevent gun violence in schools is to arm teachers have as much credibility as someone who says that the best way to prevent drug use in schools is to require that meth is on the school cafeteria menu. 

2.  Wouldn't it be ironic if the gun fetishists'/enthusiasts' absolute intransigence in the face of calls for a discussion of reasonable measures to address America's epidemic of gun violence leads to the passage of unreasonable measures?

BTW - It's official; GOP Prez-wannabe Mike Huckabee is an idiot.

BTW2 - As short as this post is, it has taken hours to write; every time I get rolling, the grief, frustration, and yes, anger, well up, and I have to stop writing.

With that, time to stop writing.  For tonight...

1 comment:

Thane Eichenauer said...

As the Ace of Spades has suggested, "Stop hiding behind the "discussions" euphemism. Let's talk about the action you actually seek."