At least 22 people are dead in Blacksburg VA today, and thousands upon thousands are dead in Iraq. Those are facts, but, what we don't know is how we got here. This is America, where we used to be the good guy in the White Hat, and we did what was right. We used to look down our noses at people around the world who killed indiscriminately, calling their societies barbarous. There was a time in our nation when we were slow to anger, almost to a fault. We didn't jump into conflict unless it was unavoidable, and only if it was for the greater good.
I'm sorry folks, but, we're not that nation anymore. Go out and rent Flags of Our Fathers, cause those days are long gone in America. Sacrifice and real National Pride are not in the American lexicon any longer. We are a nation of people who will fight to the death for the right for your average, mentally unstable, sociopath to have as many guns as they can afford. "You can have my gun when you pry it out of my cold dead hands" right? And yet other rights are cast aside like so much wasted time. The American populous doesn't make sense anymore, and frankly I think we've lost the edge for good. Two men can't get hitched, but one man can arm himself to the teeth with guns that have no purpose other then mass-killing and waltz into any school or onto any campus across America.
Sure, that makes tons of sense.
Is this what Jesus would really want folks? Why don't you people stop thumping that book and read the fucker! Why is it that the people who purport to be such devout followers of the one true God are the same who are all for waging war, facilitating death and propagating pain? I pray that there is a God, and I pray that he will damn each an every one of the people who have it in their power to foster love and yet choose to foster hate and death. I hope that when Chuck Heston and W meet their maker he is so disgusted at the life of excess, waist and hypocrisy they lead that the heavens will shake with his wrath.
Each day that we are occupying Iraq, a means which no end can justify, I am less proud to be a human. Note, I didn't say American, because this misuse of power is far bigger than one nation. Even thought we happen to be the Authors of this particular story of woe, it is being duplicated all over Africa and makes the modern version of Man no better than that of the dark ages. Each time a disgruntled worker, a student or an ex-boyfriend puts a gun in his hand and chooses to point it at others before he inevitably points it at himself, I am less proud to be a man. I don't know what could possibly be so wrong with your life to make you want to take someone Else's, but I do know that something must be done to keep guns out of the hands of people like this. Just as something must be done to devalue the reasons for war. Because as long as people see something to gain, or worse nothing to loose, then we will be plagued with more killing.
In the end, should we really expect more when we have leaders that can't let go of their losers playbook? Amid all the pain and loss of life today all the White House could say about what happened at VT was: "The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed," That nugget of clarity from Dana Perino, White House Spokes Person.
Some people just don't get it. They say "gun's don't kill people, people do." They don't want you do take away their second amendment right, because they are good, law abiding people, you know... the people next-door. Funny isn't it, that when they interview the neighbors of the people that go on these rampages that they all say "he seemed like a nice guy. Real normal, I can't believe he would do something like this."