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Tragedy in Arizona

Another shooting.  More people dead and maimed and emotionally traumatized.  And for what?  Yes, the Constitution says we should all be allowed to own guns.  It also says, in its original form, that slavery is legal and that those held as chattel under the plantation system should only be counted as three-fifths of a person.  The Founding Fathers didn't always get it right.

And for the record, Arizona has just about the most permissive gun laws in the country.  So much for the idea that if everyone is allowed to carry a concealed weapon, if a potential shooter thinks that the people around him might be packing heat, he'll be less likely to resort to violence.  That's another fallacy brought to us by the NRA. 

Six people are dead, including a Federal judge and a nine year-old girl.  Another dozen are wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  How many more acts of random gun violence will it take to convince people that saturating our society with firearms doesn't make us safer?

I'm not one for the little mood emoticons, but today I'm sad.  And I'm angry.


Jan. 9th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
If that little 9 year old girl who was born on 9/11 had been packing a Glock to defend herself she'd be alive today. Oh. Wait.

Giffords voted for the healthcare bill. Tea Baggers and wingnuts of all stripes want her and everyone else who voted that way, dead. They've made that quite clear with their "second amendment solution" rhetoric and "reload!" and crosshairs targeting Democrats.

This is just the beginning, I fear.

Jan. 9th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid you're right, Mark. Right wing rhetoric might well have contributed to this tragedy. Listen to things the shooter has said and written -- he was parroting the right. Public figures need to keep in mind that there are consequences for using that kind of language.


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