American gun violence — that is to say, domestic murders carried about by Americans using killing machines manufactured. sold and delivered by rapacious corporations abetted by lackey apologists at the NRA and other extremist groups — are occurring with such frequency that we, literally, can’t keep up.
A visit this morning to the website of the good folks at North Carolinians Against Gun Violence reveals the following front page message:
Our Hearts are in Kalamazo
Kalamazoo, Michigan is the latest city in America to experience the shock and horror of senseless gun violence. On Saturday, February 20th, a 45-year old man went on a rampage killing six innocent people and seriously wounding two others.
Once again we find ourselves facing tragedy. Since the start of the New Year there have been 42 mass shootings. We are determined to stop this from becoming the new normal.
The devastation inflicted upon this community is tragic and the lives of the victim’s families have been shattered. We vow to stand in solidarity with Kalamazoo against gun violence and demand that our lawmakers do more to keep our communities safe.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this senseless act of violence. We pledge to take action to #preventgunviolence in their names.
But, of course, the Kalamazoo Uber driver shooting spree is now ancient history as it was almost six whole days ago. Today, our hearts are actually in Hesston, Kansas after another horrific mass shooting.
And what, you may ask, is the response to this insanity from conservative political leaders across the country? In a word, “nonsense.”
At the national level, the GOP presidential contenders are worried about building a wall to keep “terrorists” out. Earth to Trump, Cruz, Rubio, et al: The terrorists are already here. They’ve already perpetrated 40+ mass shootings in 2016 alone! Neither ISIS nor AL Qaeda could ever dream of such success.
Meanwhile, here in North Carolina, our pathetic and cowardly political leadership says it will likely call a special session of the General Assembly to “protect” and assure the “safety” of average North Carolinians from…wait for it…transgender people who want to use public restrooms! These are the same people who just spent vast amounts of precious lawmaking time last year making killing machines even more accessible than they already were.
One truly couldn’t make such an absurd situation up.