Saturday, December 15, 2012
The Slaughtered Children and the Gun Nutz
I'm sure you know how I feel about guns and gun violence. And how I feel about those who hurt children.
So you can imagine how I feel about this horror.
A heavily armed man opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school Friday leaving 27 dead — including 20 children — and forcing students to cower in classrooms and then flee with the help of teachers and police.
But for hours I wasn't able to write anything about it. I had to write about something else. Not because I was sad, although I was. But because I was so angry.
Angry at the useless politicians in the U.S. who have allowed themselves to be cowed by the political thugs from the National Rifle Association, and allowed their nation to be turned into a slaughterhouse, where not even children are safe.
Angry at the teabagger Cons in this country who instead of tightening our gun control laws are loosening them.
The Conservative government has quietly shelved rules on serial numbers for guns that would have helped keep Canada in compliance with its international conventions on arms smuggling.
For there is nothing they won't do to please the deranged slobbering gun nutz for whom any kind of gun control is too much.
The gun lobby never sleeps. Fresh from killing off Canada’s federal registry of rifles and shotguns, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s firearm-friendly Conservatives are now being urged to take aim at our remaining gun safety laws. It’s a chilling prospect.
And no kind of tactics too thuggish. Even as they make our country more dangerous and more American.
But nothing they say will ever change the fact that the more guns you have in a human society, the more innocents will be slaughtered.
And if anyone needs any more evidence, all they have to do is look at what happened in China today.
Where another deranged man attacked a group of children, but because he only had a knife nobody was killed. While in the U.S. so many lives were snuffed out so quickly and so easily.
With weapons like this one...
That the freakish gun nutz cuddle in their arms, like parents cuddle their children.
Monsters, monsters, all of them. Who would turn society into a jungle, and splash around in the blood of the innocent.
Which is why I'm with this cowboy.
And I agree with David Frum.
Almost uniquely in the world, the United States suffers massacre after massacre after massacre: in schools, in workplaces, in movie theaters, on city streets. And after each such massacre, there follows a great hushing: don't you dare mention the most obvious reason for this unique American horror.
It's bad enough to have a gun lobby. It's the last straw when that lobby also sets up itself as the civility police. It may not be politically possible to do anything about the prevalence of weapons of mass murder. But it damn well ought to be possible to complain about them - and about the people who condone them.
It's time to stand up to the gun cult bullies. Time to stop apologizing for wanting a kinder, gentler society with fewer guns not more of them.
The gun nutz think the war over gun control is over.
But now it's about the children.
And it's only just beginning...
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