If ISIS terrorists or North Koreans had booked a room at Las Vegas’s Mandalay Bay Hotel and fired on a crowd of thousands–killing 58 and wounding more than 500–millions of Americans would support going to war to defeat them. But because it was an American who purchased these guns legally, little-to-nothing will be done to stop it from happening again. Call it a double standard or whatever you like, but many would agree we have terribly screwed-up priorities.
Last week, New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz wrote this angry, satirical piece (I slightly edited this for space):
Many Americans are tired of explaining things to idiots, particularly when the things in question are so painfully obvious, a new poll indicates… The fact that climate change will cause catastrophic habitat destruction and devastating extinctions tops the list, with a majority saying that they will no longer bother trying to explain this to cretins. Coming in a close second, statistical proof that gun control has reduced gun deaths in countries around the world is something that a significant number of those polled have given up attempting to break down for morons.
Finally, a majority said that trying to make idiots understand why a flag that symbolizes bigotry and hatred has no business flying over a state capitol only makes the person attempting to explain this want to put his or her fist through a wall… An overwhelming number of those polled said that they were considering abandoning such attempts altogether, with a broad majority agreeing with the statement, “This country is exhausting.”
I often wonder if some brilliant public relations campaign could convince lawmakers to take significant action slowing access to weapons of war. The power and the money gun lobbyists possess, in the guise of protecting the Second Amendment, have always blocked proposals for real change.
We should all be angry. One hundred people die each day in automobile accidents, and the day may come when mass shootings become as routine as car crashes in this country. The headlines will stop and we’ll go on as if this is acceptable. Your thoughts?