It feels like we are at war, and it feels like nobody cares.
This morning there was another deadly shooting in America, an event becoming so commonplace that it is a wonder news organizations still bother to report the carnage. Today's shooting took place in Las Vegas and stretched across two separate business locations.
The shooting was carried out by two bad guys with guns - and perpetrated on two good guys with guns who never got to use them.
Two local police officers were sitting at a Cici's Pizza enjoying their lunch when a pair of armed lunatics walked in and shot each officer in the head. Reportedly, the shooters were a man and a woman using high-powered rifles. They supposedly shouted "This is a revolution!" as they murdered the policemen - and then ran next door to a Walmart where they killed another person before going further into the store and killing themselves in a suicide pact (probably secure in their delusion that they had just fired the shots heard around the world.)
Remember the good old days when people carrying rifles into public places would have stood out and been noticed?
I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I am sick and disgusted by this gun stupidity that the National Rifle Association, the Gun Owners of America, Fox News, and a plethora of absolutely insane politicians have foisted on our country - all just to sell guns, guns, and more guns through fear and intimidation and phony patriotism. They've raged that Obama is coming to take our guns, the police can't or won't do their jobs, and if you want to be safe you must have your own personal arsenal. It's just nonsense! It's just horseshit! And it is just about selling guns!
The massacre of two dozen little first graders in Newton a year ago last December should have been the straw that broke the camel's back,. Any thinking, caring person knew that a civilized nation would have to impose some limitations on guns and ammunition after that bloody villainy. But nothing happened. Our gutless politicians cowered before the gun lobby and ignored the pleas of an heartbroken parents and an outraged nation. After that political betrayal most people seem to have just given up. If Newtown didn't shame the gun industry and their water-bearers in Congress, then obviously nothing ever would.
Now we have states passing legislation that emboldens some of the scariest and most unstable people in society. Stand-Your-Ground laws give permission to basically shoot if you are scared - or later just need a handy excuse for killing someone. Concealed carry laws, adopted by every state in the nation, mean that just about anyone you encounter during your daily activities is possibly armed - and many of those are ready to stand their ground if you accidentally bump into them in the checkout line at the local grocery or cut them off in traffic. And now many states are allowing "open-carry," and we have all seen the pictures of the Neanderthals walking through Target and Home Depot pretending to be Rambo.
White Neanderthals. The jerks at Fox and those drawing paychecks from the gun lobby would not be nearly as unwavering in their support of gun rights if packs of armed black men were suddenly showing up in public places. Guns in America are an extremely racist issue.
States are allowing people to buy fully-automatic assault weapons with monster clips. Does a person really need seventy-five quick rounds to kill a deer, or even an intruder? These people are stocking up for war - for the revolution that two miscreants tried to start in Las Vegas earlier today. They are living in a Red Dawn fantasy world. They are nuts - and they are armed to the teeth!
Shame on us for letting this madness continue. We are a shameless society.
Remember the immortal words of Pogo: "We have met the enemy, and he is us!"