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Dept. of Rage

So. Again.

There's this. Again. Again.


"Now's not the time to talk about gun control, in this moment of tragedy."
"It was just a lone madman."
"If they'd only had guns, because gun-free zones are dangerous."
"Background checks will bring black helicopters to our doors!"*
"Because Second Amendment!"
"Because Freedom!!"**
"Because Obaaaaaaaama!"
"We'll keep telling our (fewer than advertised) members to shout down opposition. They're cheap."
"We'll keep doing this while the gun and ammo companies keep paying Wayne's and our salaries."

If they like guns so much, I have a suggestion ...

... and the very fact that I just wrote that uncivilized and unforgivable sentence tells you how angry and fucking fed up I am.

Fuck. The. NRA.

And no, this is my journal. This is one of the rare, the very rare, times that I will pull rank. You want to argue about this? Really? Do not tempt me.

* Yes, yes, we know. Your safe full of guns of all types is going to help keep you free from the evil government and their jackboots. In the 21st century. The government that has tanks and drones. Right. You and your camo-wearing buddies just keep on watching "Red Dawn" and wanking off to your little 15-year-old otaku mecha fantasies. Your Second Amendment wet dreams are just that. The Second Amendment - I do not think it means what Wayne LaPierre has told you it means.
**See above.

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Oct. 1st, 2015 09:59 pm (UTC)
*hugs you hard*

Nothing but agreement here...

Why is this horror allowed to continue?! And why have we moved backwards in thinking? Dehumanizing other people? Justifying terror?


*hugs you again*
Oct. 1st, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
*hugs back, and weeps*
Oct. 1st, 2015 10:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, honey...

If you need to call me, please do so.

Love you.

Oct. 2nd, 2015 01:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks my dear; I'm not as upset now as I was when I first wrote this; which is awful in and of itself I suppose. I've become so used to the whole miserable process of events.
Oct. 1st, 2015 10:59 pm (UTC)

I am in total agreement with every word of that. I have nothing but contempt for the gun lobby in the US, and nothing but appalled silence at the inability of those in power to do something about these repeated mass murders and domestic terror attacks.

Guns need to be under strict control because Canada, the UK and all the other countries in the world who have sensible gun laws and don't have incidents of mass murder that have become routine.
Oct. 2nd, 2015 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yes. This. I need say nothing more.
Oct. 1st, 2015 11:03 pm (UTC)
Couldn't agree more, but I think you know that.

:::hugs you:::
Oct. 2nd, 2015 01:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the hugs. In this country, it seems, that's all we have left to comfort each other. We certainly don't have politicians with the intestinal fortitude or backbone to ignore the NRA.
Oct. 2nd, 2015 02:01 pm (UTC)
My feeling is that if we couldn't get some reasonable gun-control legislation passed after Sandy Hook, it would never happen. And here we are. Again. The safety of the nation is held hostage to the NRA.
Oct. 6th, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
I am so very sorry to say that I think you are right.
Oct. 2nd, 2015 03:58 am (UTC)
I just don't get it. I really don't.
Oct. 2nd, 2015 01:27 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm reduced to, as wel.
Oct. 2nd, 2015 06:57 am (UTC)
*hugs you*
Oct. 2nd, 2015 01:30 pm (UTC)
*hugs back*

Oct. 2nd, 2015 11:59 am (UTC)
I was reading about it in the Guardian and came across these numbers:

It is the 45th school shooting in the US for this year alone, and the 142nd since the attack at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012.

I can't even. What is WRONG with people?
Oct. 2nd, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
Cowardice on the parts of some; fear on the parts of others; greed on the parts of still more.

Also, massive misunderstanding of the Constitution, massive obliviousness to the unreality of the American "hero/frontier" myth.

More than that, I cannot parse either.
Oct. 2nd, 2015 03:56 pm (UTC)
I think one of the things that baffles and hurts me the most is how many of my Christian friends - otherwise loving, kind people - are part of this wildly dangerous culture that opposes sensible gun laws. Try as I might, I cannot find any reasonable support from the Bible. Love and guns. Guns and love. Nope. Doesn't work. Does not work.
Oct. 2nd, 2015 05:22 pm (UTC)
It's the toxic mix of politics and religion that is the Religious Right. I wish more of my fellow Christians would see just how toxic it is, and how both our faith and our country suffer for it.
Oct. 3rd, 2015 07:43 am (UTC)
It is toxic. I share your wish, wholeheartedly. (I never feel like more of an outsider to the whole 'Christian culture' than at moments like these, with issues like this.)

Edited at 2015-10-03 07:44 am (UTC)
Oct. 6th, 2015 07:46 pm (UTC)
No matter what faith a person holds, that person can still be subject to fear, paranoia, a false picture of a world in which they must protect themselves. That person can still be fooled by people whose daily bread is made by inculcating and nurturing fear. I'm afraid that is a universal; I wish I had something more comforting to say, but I can think of nothing.
Oct. 2nd, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this post.

I can't fathom the callousness and the disconnect between cause and effect of those people who look at events like this happening over and over again but still refuse to consider restrictions on guns.
Oct. 6th, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC)
the callousness and the disconnect between cause and effect

Perhaps it's easier intellectually to understand if you consider that all of the disconnect is connected to fear. The NRA and gun and ammo companies consciously and unconsciously, directly and indirectly, use the "take our guns/take our liberty" trope, and it's the fear of having something taken from them that trumps the intellectual strengths of gun safety. Once again, the human proclivity to be emotionally irrational is a tough obstacle to surmount.
Oct. 3rd, 2015 04:37 am (UTC)
*hugs hard*

I am in absolute agreement with everything you say here, and, thankfully, so are the vast majority of the people I interact with in day to day life. I hope and pray for a day when the rest of the world could be so enlightened.
Oct. 6th, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
I just wish that more people could get past the fear that I mentioned in my comment to tardis_stowaway, above; the fear keeps obliterating some peoples' ability to accept logic.
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