The question on all of our minds is, “How did we get here?”
The brutally honest and tragic answer is, “Voluntarily.”
We volunteered to establish, foster, perpetuate and rationalize this insanity. We are not innocent, passive victims. We are the designers and custodians of this NKC—National Killing Culture. We maintain and feed the NKC, while we lie through our teeth about our intentions and pretend to illuminate our dark hearts with thoughts and prayers.
A society is what it tolerates. We not only tolerate the NKC, we cultivate it.
A society can be rightly judged by how it cares for and protects its children. History’s judgment will be as harsh as it will be incredulous. “How did 21st Century America get there?”
Voluntarily. And in many cases even enthusiastically. That’s not only a moral abdication, it is Pure Evil Itself. We have the capacity to prevent much of this. We simply do not have the courage to do it. We are cowards.
We failed 19 little children and a dedicated fourth-grade teacher in Uvalde on Tuesday, just ten days after we failed 10 innocent citizens in Buffalo. Sadly, you and I both know that the countdown has already started on the next mass slaughter. We will of course have our thoughts and prayers at the ready. I mean, after all, we’re civilized, right?
Confront this. Don’t turn away, don’t change the subject, don’t “whatabout?” me, don’t deflect, don’t prattle on about “the price of freedom,” and, at least for the moment, stop French-kissing your gun.
We failed 19 babies. We failed to protect them, because we lacked the will to protect them. We failed to protect them in an environment in which they should be eternally safe and secure—their school.
They were slaughtered so horrifically that DNA samples were required to identify them. Babies.
Which brings us to The Subject One Dare Not Mention. And, certainly, “Now is not the time,” to talk about it.
Of course guns kill people. Of course they do. Please stop with your dishonest deflections.
No, guns don’t pull their own triggers, so please spare me that eye-roller. But this is a matter of purpose and efficiency. We are talking about a class of weapons that is designed to do one thing—kill as many people as possible in as little time as possible. These armaments have no other utility. They work very well at schools and supermarkets.
And this has not one thing to do with the Second Amendment. This is about common- sense constraints, regulations and procedures that do not violate anyone’s Constitutional rights. It is true that these measures would not prevent all of these massacres, but they would prevent many of them. So is your “logic” that because we can’t stop ALL of this that we shouldn’t try to stop ANY of it? If so, I’ll just get out of your way and let you continue to embarrass yourself.
Again, this has not one thing to do with the Second Amendment. And I and others are just not willing to continue to watch this inferno in the name of defending your “right” to dress up and play Army.
No, guns aren’t the only problem. But they are a major contributor to the problem. And many of you continue to deny that guns play any role whatsoever.
You tell me it’s about mental health. You’re not wrong. But you oppose mental health funding.
You oppose background checks. You support untraceable weapon sales.
You oppose supporting troubled and needy families.
But you’ll screech endlessly about what is and what is not an “assault weapon.” Please stop. That’s a distinction without a difference. We all know what we’re talking about. Meat grinders.
You want to tell me guns are not the problem? I’ll roll with that in some vague esoteric way.
But our cultural WORSHIP of guns certainly is the problem. We love guns. We love guns more than we love people. That is undeniable, and is reflected in every trait of our national identity.
You tell me guns are not the problem. But then you tell me the solution to the problem that you say doesn’t even exist is…more guns. Do you realize how ridiculous you sound?
No. You never do. And your fairy-tale gaslighting never stops. That wasn’t a massacre, despite all those little bodies. That was us paying “The price for freedom.”
That wasn’t an armed insurrection, despite what you think you saw, you know, with your own eyes.
That wasn’t an attempt to overthrow our government, despite the admissions and confessions of the very people who were trying to overthrow the government and went so far as to prepare a Power Point presentation that laid out in detail how they planned to do it.
What was the one emotion that Tuesday’s tragedy did NOT evoke?
Surprise. Was ANYONE surprised?
That was just us being us.
And didn’t you really know most of the story instantly? Troubled background. Family problems. Social maladjustment. Misguided testosterone. Signs everywhere. Signals on social media.
And easy access to killing machines.
The formula never really changes.
Nor does our response. What’s that old definition of insanity?
We’re all asking the question, “How did we get here?”