Christina Green, age 9, Granddaughter of former baseball player and manager Dallas Green. Shot dead by Jared Lee Loughner on January 8, 2011.
Gabriel Zimmerman, age 30. Community outreach director for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, shot dead by Jared Lee Loughner on January 8, 2011.
Jonathan Blunk, age 24; Alexander J. Boik, 18; Jesse Childress, 29; Gordon Cowden, 51; Jessica Ghawi, 24; John Larimer, 27; Matt McQuinn, 27; Micayla Medek, 23; Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6; Alex Sullivan, 27; Alexander C. Teves, 24; and Rebecca Wingo, 32. All shot dead by James Holmes in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012.
Andres Ordonez, 25. Shot dead in a Los Angeles church after a dispute over graffiti, November 5, 2012.
Eighteen as-yet-unidentified kindergartners
, shot dead today by
Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut.
Kasandra Perkins, 22. Shot dead by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, who later shot himself to death.
White House Spokesman Jay Carney
"I think it's important, on a day like today, to view this -- as I know the president, as a father, does, and I as a father and others who are parents certainly do, which is to feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement and support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event. There is, I am sure -- will be, rather -- a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I do not think today is that day."
When IS the day, Jay? Tomorrow? A week from Tuesday? After the first of the year? When Jesus comes back? Mitvoch
? When? Can we set a date? Can we make an appointment? Maybe do lunch? If you can't talk about gun violence when eighteen kindergartners have lost their lives ten fucking days before Christmas, when can you?
A few weeks ago, Ross Douchebag in the New York Times
wrote about how American women need to have more babies
. And yet nobody is writing about how guns are stealing the future of America. Yes, there are older people who are shot dead in mass shootings, and they are no less of a loss to their loved ones. But here we are, awash in guns, and every young person who is caught up in a mass shooting because s/he went to the movies or went to school or did any of the perfectly ordinary things that people do, is a young person who will never get her Ph.D. or find a new treatment for melanoma or discover a new clean source of energy or develop a car that runs on common household trash. Every young person who is killed in these shootings will never grow up and marry and have Babies For Ross Douchebag. Every young person who is killed in these shootings is an empty bed, an empty childhood room, an empty place at the dinner table, in the classroom, in the chemistry lab, at cheer practice, at the local Habitat for Humanity build.
Where is our outrage at this? Right-wing politicians scream at women to have more babies for America's future. They want to cut government spending to the bone in the name of America's future. They give lip service to America's future and then they shrug their shoulders when a sick person with easy access to guns goes nuts and decides to kill everyone he sees just because they were there.
Guns are destroying our future. Democrats, there's your framing. Now let's get out there and fucking use it.
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