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Monday, August 06, 2012

Turning the Page Too Often

Sikh temple shooter Wade Michael Page ironically belonged to a rock band named "End Apathy." If you can't suss out why that's so ironic, then perhaps you shouldn't be reading this.

But if you're endowed enough intellectually, then you'll immediately appreciate the irony of a man belonging to a group named "End Apathy" going out one fine day and carrying out, for no known reason, the latest act of right wing domestic terrorism in a string that never seems to end our collective apathy.

And as with the Aurora theater shooting two and a half weeks ago, we may never know what twisted motive Wade Michael Page had for walking into a Sikh temple filled with peaceful Indian Americans during their Sunday worship and murdering six people and critically injuring an Oak Creek Wisconsin police officer. Perhaps, as with the ignorant, misguided cretin who killed a Sikh man on September 15, 2001 in retaliation for September 11th, Page never looked beyond the distinctive turbans of Sikh males and assumed they were Muslim.

Despite the wearisome pattern (alienated white male, in this case, a right wing skinhead white supremacist), we're told by 2nd amendment advocates that "this isn't the appropriate time" to talk about gun control, to, if you'll pardon the pun, turn the page.

Personally, I don't know what better time there is to discuss gun control than after the slaughter of innocents who simply wanted to see a movie in Colorado or attend service in their house of worship in Wisconsin, or to a youth retreat in Norway. And with 24 hour news cycles in today's media, we cannot wait for Congress to come back in five weeks to get around to doing something about it. We need to think first, then talk secondly, then pressure Congress and the President to take a stand against the NRA and other gun-clutching lunatics who scream about freedom and government interference as if their first amendment rights were at stake.

There are no hard and fast answers let alone solutions to curb the spate of gun violence that's come to characterize this country as synonymously as baseball, apple pie and cheating on your taxes. If there were, you can be sure the NRA and other right wing special interest groups would be deploying 100 squadrons of lobbyists to Capitol Hill and spending billions to prevent their implementation.

The right wing position on gun control that's rooted as much in an addiction to incumbency as any other corrupt motive, cannot hold. But this moderate, centrist administration led by a so-called Democratic president who pretends as if gun control and mass slaughter of innocents isn't an issue even worth addressing, to judge by the complete paucity of mentions, proves that, as Yeats could have put it, the center cannot hold, either.

Another point absolutely no one is talking about is how this affects our nation's youth that obviously takes its cues from the generations that come before it. On Twitter yesterday, one woman lamented that her 13 year-old son, on hearing of the Sikh temple shooting, commented that mass shootings don't even feel like news any more. They look to us and the world we've created and recreated for guidance. And if a culture of apathy toward gun violence is all we can teach them, then perhaps that culture is partly to blame for what happened to Wade Page and other mass murderers who came before and after him.

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Anonymous e.a.f. said...
When I was young some one asked me what the biggest business in the world was. I made a number of suggestions & I was told no. Armaments are the largest business in the world. The N.R.A. is there to protect this business,not the people who use guns or are killed by them.

This isn't the first time there has been a mass shooting nor will it be the last. Now would be a good time to discuss guns in the U.S.A. but Obama isn't going to start the discussion, he wants to win the election. Romney certainly won't start the discusion, he represents all those gun totters.

In the Union movement we used to say, "in bad times companies can get half the working class to kill the other half". It was true back then & its true now. However, now people are doing it with guns & in mass. As more & more people feel disconnected from their country the more of these mass shootings will be happening.

Now I understand many believe the Constitution gives them the "right to bear arms". Yes it does, but we need to look at when it was written, back in the 1700s. They didn't have high powered, repeating rifles. They didn't have hand guns which pierced armour. They didn't have guns which could fire hundred of bullets in minute. What they had, when the constitution was written, was a cap & ball system & each time they shot, they needed to reload. Its much more difficult to kill anyone in those types of conditions. What we see today is a huge industry for a type of gun which needs to be only used in war.

The gun manufacturers & gun supporters have now started that war & it does not bode well for the average American citizen. There needs to be gun regulation in the U.S.A. I know some will say guns don't kill people, people kill people, but without the guns they would be a whole lot less dead people. You only have to look at Japan, Canada, Western Europe. Canada doesn't have the gun murder rate in our whole country that the U.S.A. has in one major city. Now that is so sick.

It might be a good idea to start with eliminating the use of those high powered repeating machine guns. No one needs them. Restrictions on the number of hand guns might be a good idea also. Does someone really need a dozen glocks? The loop holes for buying guns at gun shows & such need to be closed.

If the U.S.A. doesn't do something about all the guns they have, they will see more killings & the funeral business might be a good one to get into.

Blogger double nickel said...
The USA is fucked. That is all.