Sunday, May 25, 2014

The bloodthirsty lottery of guns

From David Atkins, writing at Hullabaloo on yesterday's mass killing at Santa Barbara :
The common denominator is the gun. It is always the gun, and it will always be the gun. We can try to fix the other social problems all we want--and we should. But until we fix the gun problem, we will continue to offer the lives of ourselves and our children on the altar of this insatiable, bloodthirsty Lord we euphemistically call the "gun rights movement." Year after year, month after month we will continue to propitiate this monster with our blood and tears until enough of us decide that we have had enough, overthrow its foul priests and sack the tainted officials corrupted by its bloodstained lucre. Until that day the NRA will simply take our children, group by group, to its yearly Lottery because, after all, that's the way we've always done it. For freedom.

1 comment:

JCF said...

Someday, in a brighter future, people will read in history ebooks about the NRA, in much same sense of disbelief as they do (will?) read about the KKK.

In some ways, I think the NRA is kind of a deracinated KKK. The KKK says "Blacks are Bad Guys". The NRA isnt racial---ostensibly anyway---but it DOES speak of a essential "Good Guy w- a Gun/Bad Guy w- a Gun" distinction. As long as human beings are reduced, abstractly, into Good Guys vs Bad Guys, HATE (and Violence!) WINS.