"Mercy Now" - Mary Gauthier
"We hang in the balance, dangle between hell and hallowed ground."
I was going to entitle this post "All Hail American Exceptionalism" but then felt bad about it -- and then discovered James Fallows had gone there. I never feel adequate to these kinds of occasions. Like l-t c, I feel a sense of overwhelming disgust that the society in which we live is one that has decided that these kinds of massacres must be tolerated. I don't care what the gun nuts say -- that is precisely the blood-soaked calculus in which they and their political enablers engage.
It does not have to be that way. No other industrialized country tolerates or endures this sort of thing. I would be supportive of a Japanese style prohibitionist approach to gun ownership, but that ship sailed so long ago, to speak of it is an utter pipe dream. It seems to me that we could at least ban high capacity clips, assault weapons, and the ability to avoid background checks via the gun show loophole. Whether any of these changes would make a difference remains to be seen.
(Opposed as I am to gun violence, I would love to take a baseball bat to Mike Huckabee's knees. What an imbecilic sonofabitch.)
What say you?