Las Vegas. Another Massacre. More Prayers. No Action.

by Pitt Griffin on October 2, 2017 · 0 comments

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Fifty-nine people are killed in Las Vegas – 527 wounded. And politicians from right to far-right are “thoughts & prayers” all over social media. And that’s all you’ll get. There will be nothing done to prevent another massacre – not even a conversation about what to do.

“There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country,” says Sarah Huckabee Sanders from her perch in the White House. In case she wasn’t clear, she added, “It would be premature for us to discuss policy.” And then she signaled the NRA that they needn’t worry by trumpeting the distracting ‘Chicago meme’.

The gun zealots love Chicago’s murder rate. The wrap it around themselves like fur and purr: “Gun control doesn’t work. Look at Chicago. It has a soaring murder rate and gun laws like you wouldn’t believe.” Let’s ask why she doesn’t mention New York. That’s a rhetorical question. New York’s spectacularly low murder rate – in the face of aggressive gun control laws – doesn’t fit the narrative.

Fallujah, Nevada.

Fox New Host, Howard Kurtz, also advocates delay, tweeting Gun control is a legitimate issue, but for the Dems already raising it after Las Vegas massacre, could we just have a day before plunging in”. No, we can’t. It has been 6,740 days since Columbine, 3,822 since Virginia Tech and 477 since the Pulse nightclub massacre. To dismiss calls to address gun violence in America makes you an enabler of murder.

Will anything be done? I doubt it. If the slaughter of the innocents at Sandy Hook couldn’t inspire politicians to take action – to discover their spine and stand up to the NRA – then it is hard to imagine what would. Even the shooting of one of their own, Steve Scalise, was greeted in Congress with shock, prayer, and applause on his return. But no call to action.

If this were Muslim terrorism, it wouldn’t make any difference. We might launch drone strikes abroad, but at home we would still shower guns on pretty much anyone with cash in hand – even if they were on a terrorist watch list.

Let’s also consider this. The Las Vegas Massacre death toll stands at 59 – which is also the number of Americans killed by guns every 1.4 days – every 34 hours. And that number won’t go down by introducing more guns into the mix. The NRA’s “good guy with a gun” is sophistry of the first order.

Let Caleb Keeter, a guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, who was at the venue during the shooting, share his thoughts: “I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life. Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was. We actually have members of our crew with CHL and legal firearms on the bus. They were useless.”

As always in the face of gun madness, we can expect insanity from the usual suspects. Bill O’Reilly says that massacres are “the price of freedom”. Really? Are Germans, Australians, the English unfree because of gun restrictions? The constitutional originalist, Antonin Scalia, allowed that gun restrictions were consistent with the second amendment. Even the NRA was an advocate of sensible gun laws until they realized there was profit in zealotry.

And then there is the dotards’ dotard, Pat Robertson, representing the religious point of view. As usual, he ‘knows’ the source of evil. In this case, it is “profound disrespect for our president” as well as disrespect for our national anthem, veterans, government, courts. The silver lining is that gays, feminists & the ACLU catch a break this time. Although, as always, sanity takes a beating.

In short, nothing will change. But I hope I’m wrong.

 

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