In this column I write about the news five times a week, one other for Neurotic Man and I’m closed on Sunday and have a special column for that. Today is one of those five news days. But I’m grief stricken because of Las Vegas and I don’t want to mourn as much as scream. Unlimited gun rights – such bullshit.
“After the Las Vegas massacre, we’re told we cannot talk about politics. At times of public mourning, we must maintain some dignity that is otherwise entirely absent from our politics: we must pray, reflect on the nature of evil, but never debate what to do next.
Because what we’ll do next is mourn the next mass murder in the United States.
There is a strange exclusion zone around white gun violence by second amendment fanatics. Mass murder by Muslims (or foreigners who may have come from majority Muslim countries) is not subject to the same kind of hushed grieving. Gang warfare in Chicago receives no such respect.
And to be clear, a white liberal gunman – as Stephen Paddock was initially rumored to be, at least by some on the far right – would prompt no outpourings of concern about human nature and the need for national unity.
At this time, we must suspend our sense of moral outrage, our deep concern for public safety, and frankly our incredulity when we hear this White House respond to a gun rampage that left hundreds wounded and at least 59 dead.
“Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence and although we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today and always will forever,” said Donald J Trump in the Diplomatic Room of the White House on Monday.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/03/mourn-las-vegas-shooting-gun-control