A bullet in the head
by Tom Sullivan
In this week's post-school-shooting clutter, this tweet from Full Frontal correspondent Ashley Nicole Black stood out:
Teens have been eating tide pods for like a month and legislators in multiple states have already introduced bills designed to make it harder for teens to get tide pods.— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) February 15, 2018
It simply beggars the imagination that Republicans, in thrall to the National Rifle Association, continue to insist there is no relationship between gun ownership and gun crime. Instead of effective regulations, they offer “thoughts and prayers,” as if mass shootings were acts of God like earthquakes and hurricanes that mere mortals are powerless to prevent. This was Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R.-La.) after the Las Vegas shooting: “I just hate to see this issue politicized. I don’t know why bad things happen to good people, but they do in this world, and what happened in Las Vegas was terrible. But we can’t legislate away every problem in the world.”Nor do we. Instead, we put in place regulations to help protect consumers, communities and the environment, rules that make capitalist acts between consenting adults predictable and less risky. We pass laws to make food and cars safer. We hire police to enforce traffic laws, not believing law enforcement can stop every speeder, but because their presence and the threat of punishment tamps down speeding. We just refuse to do the same with firearms.
Politicians, primarily but not exclusively Republicans, are turning their idolatrous worship of the Second Amendment into a suicide pact. If the United States had been under assault from Muslim terrorists, they would have acted long ago. But apparently homegrown mass murderers are of scant concern even though they kill far more people than terrorists do.To casual observers, especially to those in more civilized countries, a societal suicide pact might fall under the colloquial definition of crazy.
The retweet from the @NRA has strangely disappeared. Here is the original retweet.#GunControl #Florida #parklandshooting #Parkland #stonemanshooting pic.twitter.com/W0oybTO3DC— Mark (@mark_melbin) February 14, 2018