The Roots of Mass Murder: Happiness is a Warm Gun


Do you get the feeling that nobody—I mean nobody—has the answers on how to deal with  these recurrent  mass murders, like  yesterday’s nightmarish one in Aurora, Colorado? Aurora, Colorado. A  tranquill,  pleasant, law-abiding  suburb of Denver.  James  Holmes was just a man in the crowd.  But like every other crazed killer,   he had his own bizarre motives,  his own trail of clues no one quite picked up, and his own personal stamp on the scene of a horrific grisly slaughter.

But Holmes and all the rest  had one thing in common.  They were easily  able to get guns, firearms, assault weapons.  There was no firewall against their lethal madness. Our system—if there is one— failed miserably, as usual.  And it will fail, sad to say, over and over again. Because we lack the will to, once and for all,  do something about it.

We let the NRA (National Rifle Association)— a powerful  special interest and lobby— spin the narrative and dictate the policy on gun ownership and availablity.  We’ve heard its propaganda so often that we know it by heart.  The Second Amendment is inviolable.  Guns don’t kill, people do. Gun control is government overreach  Take the guns from Americans, and the bad guys will still get them anyway.  Conceal carry should be a right. If the victims had had guns at the scenes of these monstrous crimes,  there would have been  different outcomes. The more guns, the safer we’d be.

We beat our breasts each time innocent people are gunned down en masse. We struggle to understand. And our only consolations  are our faith and the solace of community. But nothing will change. 

Until we want it to.

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    23 Sep 2011 @ 13:46, by Geral W. Sosbee

    A nation and its people who deliberately engage in the systematic conquest, subjugation, torture, imprisonment and killing of others must by the laws of physics and divine nature have the same calamities delivered upon themselves.

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