Sunday, April 5, 2009

Blown Away

Sometimes I just have to shake my head and wonder just what in the name of all that's holy is wrong with this country. I've almost lost the capacity to be shocked any longer by what some nut case has done has done with a gun or, in many cases, guns--almost. The lunacy that we witness in this country because any lunatic can own or procure a gun is simply unspeakable. I was truly shocked and appalled to see that another madman with a gun, actually 2 guns, had killed 13 random people and then himself in Binghamton, NY, a few days ago. Even as I am in shock, I could actually understand somebody not being shocked by these mass murders any longer. They've become routine. We can count on 3 or 4 of these every year, it seems. Just think about how many there have been in this country in the four weeks. Care to guess how many lives have been blown away in that time? Forty-seven, brothers and sisters. FORTY-SEVEN. From coast to coast: New York, Washington, Alabama, North Carolina, California. Oh yeah, this is nationwide madness.

I sat down to write this piece about the Binghamton murders, but in checking Google News to get a link for the Binghamton story, lo and behold: two more stories of mass murder confront me. This violence leaves me speechless, and every time something like this happens, I go all nuts again about the idiotic gun laws we have in this country that unquestionably enable these killings. Worse and truly depressing, I don't think there's a snowball's chance in hell that those laws will ever change. Americans are a violent people, and we will not brook any curbs on our capacities for wreaking it whenever and on whomever we chose.

In Graham, Washington, yesterday a guy killed his five kids and himself after his wife told him she was leaving him. The kids were 7, 12, 14, and 16. The kids were shot multiple times with a high-powered rifle just to make sure they were all good and dead. Four of the five were in their beds. My God!

In Pittsburgh yesterday morning, some lunatic who was pissed off at his mother shot and killed three policeman who were responding to the domestic disturbance call. The whole tiff between mother and son started because the dog had pissed on the floor. In context, I suppose we should all be thankful that the guy didn't kill his mom, too. God help us all.
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