My aunt had a simple question for me yesterday that got right to the point.
“Can you believe this hideous week?”
Hideous is probably the best way to describe what’s been going on in this country recently. And no, I can’t believe it.
In the span of just a few days we experienced the Boston Marathon bombing, the murder of an MIT police officer, the massive explosion in West, Texas, and the U.S. Senate’s appalling rejection of sensible gun control amendments.
The images coming out of Boston were horrific with innocent people being murdered or maimed by a pair of sibling psychopaths. While the loss of life doesn’t match the number of deaths this country experienced on 9/11, it’s a grim reminder that the same demented, hateful minds are still among us.
Is this going to be the new normal? We will have to worry about being blown to pieces anytime we gather in public?
I was walking through the Times Square subway station on Monday afternoon and I caught myself looking for…I’m not sure exactly. A suspicious looking person with a backpack? Unattended packages?
That’s what’s so awful about these attacks. The routine of daily life suddenly becomes a potential war zone. We’re told to be alert, to say something if we see something, and obviously I understand the reasoning behind those requests, but it is still a hell of a way to live.
The gun vote was particularly sickening as the gutless worms in the Senate voted down proposals to expand background checks on firearms sales to ban some semi-automatic weapons modeled after military assault weapons.
More of the Same
Unbelievable. After Newtown, after Aurora, after God knows how many other gun deaths, these political prostitutes had the gall to strike down an intelligent plan that might prevent the next slaughter.
When Newtown first happened, I said nothing was going to change, that nothing would impede the flow of guns in this country and I’m sorry to say that I was right.
The NRA and their lap dogs were so desperate to prevent any change in the gun laws that they fabricated some fairy tale about a national gun registry.
In others word, they lied. Just like they lied about death panels during the health care debate.
I once had a commenter complain about my use of the term of “gun nut.” I know there are responsible gun owners other there, but how else do you describe this kind of behavior? More than 90% of the American people support expanded background checks, but that didn’t mean a goddamn thing to these bastards.
If you think you’re living in a democracy, you’re an idiot.
I’m curious how the Boston marathon bombers acquired the guns they used to murder that MIT campus police officer. What kind of weapons did they have? Perhaps if there had been background checks in place they wouldn’t have been able to get their hands on firearms and that cop would still be alive.
The explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas is looking like yet another disaster that could have been avoided.
It turns out that OSHA hadn’t inspected the place in years, but I’m sure the anti-regulation crowd will find some way of deflecting the truth. And it’ll happen again.
The hideous week is now over, but the scars, the damage, and the misery will be with us for a long time. I wish I could say something positive or hopeful as we start this new week, but I’m just not feeling it.