Tuesday, September 17, 2013

More Nothing on Guns

From the Washington Post this morning, the following useless comment on the state of gun control in this country:

"Everything was supposed to change after a man with a semiautomatic weapon mowed down 20 elementary school children in their classrooms last December. But for the politicians, nothing changed."

Supposed to change.  Saying "I told you so" is little consolation, but by the day after the Sandy Hook shooting, I said that nothing was going to change, because that is what was "supposed" to happen- supposed by the rich people who own the country today, whose attitude is that nothing will come between them and their grotesque profits.

This time, the tone is different.  I don't even hear anyone even suggesting that things are going to change this time around, regardless of the fact that 90% of Americans favor those changes.  Everyone knows that nothing is going to change, unless gun manufacturers figure out a way to make even more money by changing something.  And the endless deaths are just collateral damage in the war to concentrate ever more money in the hands of a few hundred families.

And this is not just about the NRA.  It is exactly in keeping with the way the rich have rigged the game in every part of the economy, so that no interests except theirs are even considered when politicians decide how to run the country.  After all, is murdering a dozen people for profit really that much different than impoverishing tens of millions for the same purpose?

1 comment:

Magpie said...

It goes beyond that, GE.

Daily Kos runs a regular post called GunFAIL. Some of incidents listed therein speak of an attitude to gun violence that is morally retarded.

For example, in the most recent one:
“The shooting of a two year old boy by a three year old is being called an accident.”

“An accident”?? Oh... so three year olds commonly shoot two year olds on purpose do they?

Just an accident... Like tripping over and scraping a knee. Nothing to see here. No questions to ask.

In deference to proving the culpability of conservatives in all this however, the article is headed with this gem:

“The child victims of GunFAIL this week were ages 2, 3, 5, 9, 10 and 11, and included the three-year-old girl killed when she found her father's gun during a camping trip in Yellowstone National Park. Guns were prohibited in National Parks until around the time that Ella Tucker of Pocatello, ID, was born. But Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) changed all that (in an amendment to a credit card finance regulation bill), and now Ella's gone.”

I hope you see that 3 year old in all your dreams until the day you die and go to hell, Coburn.