Guns and Life: A Tater Rant

So, apparently, Trump called the NRA today to tell them there would be no movement on background checks.  This should be no surprise to anyone.  The Republican party sold their souls to the gun lobby years ago. All we will ever get from them are “thoughts and prayers.” I don’t doubt they gave cursory thought to the tragedies of gun violence. I don’t doubt that they uttered a prayer. Thoughts and prayers without action mean nothing. I’m done with “thoughts and prayers.” I’m done with people claiming to be pro-life but then showing they care more about their guns than actual lives. As I wrote before, pro-life for them seems to end at birth. If someone is really pro-life they won’t care more about guns than people. If someone is really pro-life they won’t refuse to even consider reasonable gun control. If someone was really pro-life they would see no reason a reasonable human being needs to own weapons of war. I have no problem with hunting. I have no problem owning a gun for security. You don’t need the weapons used in the mass shootings for hunting and home security unless you are really bad at it. In that case, you probably shouldn’t own a gun anyway.  I’m tired of people posting about how life is precious and then posting “DON’T TAKE MY GUNS!” when we propose sensible measures to save lives. You aren’t pro-life. You are pro-birth.

I’m also tired of the same old “Something else is the problem” game.

It’s mental illness!

It’s video games!

It’s violent movies!

 

It’s anything but guns!

Other countries have mental illness. Other countries have video games. Other countries have violent movies. You know they don’t have? THEY DON’T FUCKING HAVE MASS SHOOTINGS!

So, spare me you holier than thou, pro-life, Jesus posts until you show me you care about humans once they are born.

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Monday Morning in the Shadow of Hate

I’m watching The Today Show until it is time to get ready to go to work. I’m watching the coverage of the shootings while contemplating what to write. Most of my thoughts are about the shootings, the response, and the coverage. I’m not sure what else I can say and if anything I say will matter. What do I write after 24 hours of hate-filled violence?  I don’t feel like it would be honest to just ignore it and write some other random post since the shootings and the response are what is occupying my mind. So, here are a couple of thoughts I’ve had this morning.

I saw the tweets from Trump this morning in response. He does say that it is time for legislation but then follows it up by saying they should marry it with immigration reform. So, our president’s response to a bunch of hate-filled white guys killing people is to say that we should change our immigration laws? How the fuck will immigration laws fix white nationalist terrorism? Does he think the fix is to reduce the number of brown people so the white nationalists will be happier and, thus, stop killing people?  Is he just using the deaths of these people as a tool to get his agenda passed? I will give you the needed gun control if you give me my immigration reform? I guess that isn’t a shock. That’s politics as usual. No one in Washington cares about anything but their agenda and their reelection.

I’ve also heard several people on TV and one post on Facebook blaming video games, movies, and rap music.  This is also nothing new. People said some of the music I listened to in high school was evil and leading to moral decay. I would go to my church in small-town Kentucky and hear guest speakers talk about the Satanic influences in rock music. I’ve seen people pick something new in every generation that is the cause of the bad things in the world/ Somehow, they still can’t bring themselves to blame guns for gun violence.  Everything else is at fault – music, movies, video games, no formal prayer in school, etc. – but don’t you dare blame easy access to instruments of war. That’s just crazy talk.

So, today I head out to my job in a public building, my daughter heads out to her job in a public building and my wife goes out to a shopping center on her day off with the hope that we all make it home safely. The fear that we will be shot while doing these things should not be the norm.

It’s Way Past Time For “Politics”

I’m watching the Today Show report on yet another mass shooting. These events are becoming way too common. Another 12 people dead. College kids trying to have a good time. I already know what the discussion will be today:

“Thoughts and prayers” – Thoughts an prayers are fine, but without any actual action on our part(and in many cases not any actual prayer) they are empty words.

and the big one:

“Let people mourn before we make this political”

It’s not too early to make this political. It’s way too late to make this political.

It’s too late for the 12 people killed last night.

It’s too late for the people killed in the synagogue in Pittsburgh.

It’s too late for all of the kids who were killed in school.

It’s too late for all of the victims.

It’s time to force people to make this political. We have to have real talk about reasonable gun control. It’s time to have real talk about mental health in this country. It’s time to put real money into studies to find what drives people to do this and how we can stop it. It’s time to move past thoughts and prayers and on to real action.

Don’t tell me it’s too soon to talk about politics. It got too late a long time ago.