The Latest Shooter

The latest shooter struck today. He killed 20 people in a Baptist Church in Texas. Last month there was a shooting at a concert in Las Vegas. That guy killed 58 people. People keep getting shot, and the shooters keep on shooting. They know they can get the guns and the ammo, no one will stop them. 

This is America, and we have the right to bear arms. It would also seem that we can kill with impunity, and all that will happen is a jail sentence, or a fortuitous self-inflicted killing, or cop-inflicted killing. Pass Go, and you’re free. What will Washington do? Keep your victims and their families in their prayers. They will stand by you.

But they will not do a damn thing to prevent the next killing. Are we at one a month, now? It seems like it. It seems that the horror of Sandy Hook was not horrible enough to enact any changes in the laws of our nation. Then came the movie theater in Colorado ( or was Sandy Hook first? So many now it becomes confusing) and still: crickets  at the Capitol. 

But, now, hold on a minute. If the killer isn’t white, then there will be outrage in our nation’s Capitol, and on the Twitter accounts of the lawmakers who we count on to make our country safe. We have a right to go shopping, to a concert, to a Walmart, a movie, whatever, and not get shot by a crazy white dude.  

It is only a terrorist act if the attacker is Muslim, or an immigrant. Why, even a 10 year old immigrant with cerebral palsy apparently was a risk to our national security last week. She is no longer in custody, but, excuse me, are you sure she will not strikes terror into the hearts of our heartless ICE agents when she’s 12? 

That’s right. Our country has lost all reason. And what will it finally take to stop all this senseless killing? Certainly the president could care less. He is too busy playing golf and charging the Secret Service over the top fees to stay at his resorts as they protect him. 

I do not think that, even if the Congress and the House became a more friendly and bipartisan place, that we could fix Americans killing fellow Americans quickly. And the NRA would surely never admit any culpability.

This is all very depressing, and not an encouraging way end 2017. It does make me wish for the days when America was a bit more innocent, and a bit more boring. Not to knock progress, no Sir. But the America of today is a shadow of the America I keep in my mind. Perhaps I am a bit delusional, but I picture a country that knows how to run itself without letting the guy at the wheel run us off the road for good.

This message brought to you as an excuse to not be working on my NanoWriMo novel. I’ll sign off now and get back to that project A.S.A.P. Thanks.  

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