I’ve been resisting the urge to write about this all day. What more can I say that has not already been said? What more can I say not written on the faces of those forced to witness this barbaric act of inhumanity or those waiting for loved ones who are not going to come home? What more can I add?
I’m beyond disgust.
I’m particularly beyond disgust with the fact that this keeps happening with what is becoming predictable regularity and we seem unable to muster the will to take the first and most simple steps to do something about it. But this has been said already, many times today, and many times in the last few weeks and months.
I’m beyond disgust with those who keep trying to make this about something, anything else but our love affair with guns in this country. But this too has been said more times than any of us could count.
I’m beyond disgust with those who shamelessly use each installment of this serial national nightmare to make points for their side of the pointless partisan political non-debate.
I don’t care what the motives of these two perpetrators were, nor do I care about their religious beliefs. They had whatever their supposed justifications were, just as those who shot up the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, Newtown Elementary School in Connecticut, The Sikh temple in Wisconsin, The movie theater in Aurora CO., The shopping-center parking lot in Tucson AZ, The liquor distribution warehouse in Connecticut, The Virginia Tech campus . . . and on, and on, and on, and on . . . They all had their motives, and none of them matter.
There just are not many words any longer, none that are meaningful. Not as long as we refuse to take the steps to actually do something about it.
My dear God good people! My dear God! You can’t drive a car in this country unless you prove you are fit to do so, and a car cannot be operated on the highway unless it is registered and insured. If you become unfit to drive, if your car cannot be safely operated, if you get caught driving under the influence . . . we don’t let you drive any more.
Why can’t we at least treat weapons designed to inflict death the same way?
My dear God.
What purpose do assault weapons, intended for the sole purpose of killing as many people as quickly as possible, serve in the hands of a private citizen?
In many states in this country you can obtain one of these killing machines if you can fog a mirror.
Are we completely mad?
But all of this has been said before.
What has also been pointed out numerous times in the past couple of days, in answer to the obligatory calls to “pray for the victims and their families” is this simple truth:
If it is true that 80% of Americans are ready for stricter gun laws, why can’t we make it happen?
I’m just out of words, at least new ones.
How about you?