Friday, December 25, 2015

Released, today in 1962

"People generally see what they 
look for... and hear 
what they listen for."

--Judge Taylor, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Here we go again. And again and again and aga...

Get used to it, America, the mass shootings in San Bernadino, California seems to be the new normal. We are a dysfunctional society and until our leaders and our people are willing to face up to it, we'll be revisiting these acts of terror again and again. 

TOO many damned guns; too much hatred; too much discord; too much distrust: too much unchecked violence; too much poverty; too much insanity and too few politicians, community leaders and religious leaders willing to do anything more than offer lip service offering too few viable answers--at least not ones that most people want to hear.

As I said, this is our new normal. 
You don't like it? Then do something about it. The cries of "oh, this is terrible. Oh, those poor poor people" just doesn't cut it anymore. Talk, talk, talk and next week... or the next, we'll be right here all over again.

I imagine my friends who are strong proponents of gun ownership groan every time *this* happens. I am sure they feel the hurt as the rest of us do.

I am sure they brace themselves for the inevitable "there are too many guns out there." They dig in their heels and say more strict gun laws and taking away certain guns is not the answer.

I don't want to hear, "oh, if only someone there had been armed, they would have shot the criminals." Sorry, that argument doesn't hold water and there is plenty of evidence to the contrary.

I am waiting for the inevitable "it's my god given right to own a gun. No one's going to take it away from me" and "it's my Second Amendment right."

I tire of it. I do not believe the amendment was intended for giving average citizens access to military-style weapons. I do not believe that asking for sensible background checks is unreasonable ... and I am not alone and this scares the hell out of some people.

Personally, I think our founding fathers would be hanging their heads in shame as our country descends into paralysis over gun control.

Okay, so we have tried it you gun proponents' way for far too many decades and what has it cost us?

More guns bought... just today, more deaths--14 dead, 18 wounded... more children killed, more children maimed, more dead adults, more, more, more ... your answers have left you with blood on your hands.

AND the gun industry is laughing all the way to the bank. And there are far too many of you suckers buying into their lies and we're all paying for it.