If you belong to the NRA, and you give your money to an organization that actively works to keep highly effective killing tools in as many (white) hands as possible, you don’t care at all about any of the people who lost their lives (at least 14 so far) today in San Bernardino. Or about the other mass shooting that happened today in Savannah, Georgia that you probably didn’t even hear about because the news has been covering a different mass shooting… Lord help us.
If you support an organization that lobbies (buys off) our representatives in order to pass legislation that makes it illegal for the government to keep statistics on gun violence, you are couldn’t give less of a f**k about the kids who were murdered at Sandy Hook.
If you are one of the throngs of talking heads who accuse rational people of “trying to politicize a tragedy” every time there is another mass shooting in the hopes that your accusation will delay a right outrage just long enough to let apathy set in, you are part of the problem.
If you have ever said some awful phrase like, “If we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns,” or “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” and you actually meant it, you are part of the engine of ignorance that pulls along the freight train of death and destruction that devastates so many families and communities.
If you look at a hoard of white guys with assault rifles walking through our streets as “patriots” who are demonstrating their 2nd Amendment rights, but you look at black folks with guns as a threat to public safety, you couldn’t care less about black lives… Let alone “blue” lives or “all” lives mattering. Also, you are totally racist.
If you can listen to Donald Trump talk for more than 30 seconds without wanting to either throw up or put your head through a window (or both), you are lacking something very important inside of you. I’m completely serious… You don’t get to fan the flames of hatred, and then act all sad when that fire ends up hurting real people.
The murders today in San Bernardino were America’s 352nd mass shooting so far in the 336 days of 2015… More than one per day. You can’t look at a statistic like this and believe that is ANYTHING CLOSE to what the writers of the 2nd Amendment were trying to protect. And if you’re one of the people working to turn the 2nd Amendment into something that legitimizes the reality of daily gun violence in America, you don’t get to post some BS status about how your “thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.” You just don’t. It is complete garbage. You are full of so much crap, and everyone other you and your gun nut friends can see it.
And truthfully, I probably don’t care either. I waste my energy on anger at the idiocy and indifference that this country embodies when it come to gun violence… instead of… I don’t know… Marching??? So yeah, I have no idea what to do about it. The majority of the people we have elected are the sort of folks that stop any conversation about how to make these tragedies less frequent before those conversations even begin. They take two days to fearfully push through resolutions about Syrian refugees based on an act of violence on the other side of the world (that didn’t even involve Syrian refugees), but they can’t pass even the slightest bit of common sense gun regulations… All because a bunch of misinformed fear-addicts believe that our black president is coming for their guns. It’s so very frustrating. I know that human consciousness changes slowly, but it’s hard to be patient when this crap keeps happening on a daily basis… Especially when half the country thinks that the answer is MORE EFFING GUNS! GAH!!!
Yup… I don’t know what to do. It’s beyond baffling. I just want you all to know–and you know who you are–that I see you. When you feign concern for victims of these shootings… when you talk about “your heart breaking” for their families… when you use the phase “thoughts and prayers” each time the steady drumbeat of gun violence plays on in this country–I see you. A whole lot of people just like me see you. And we all see that you are completely full of shit.
I’m not doing a Patron shout out. I’m sorry if this one too much of a downer… Sometimes I’m more hopeful than others. Thanks to everyone who supports what I do. Here are some other things I’ve written about this issue:
Some Thoughts On Guns In Church
Beware Of Toddlers With Guns!
More Guns Are Not The Answer
Guns For Christians Are Like Condoms For Nuns
A Common Sense (Non-Religious) Case Against Guns
Finding Hope In The Midst of Mass Shootings
Getting Rid of Windows