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    writing.
    Small short conversation at my house last night:
    "Jesus, another school shooting. Why won't the government do something about this?"
    "The Federal government? They can't. The states make the laws"
    "Yeah, I guess the people want things the way they are now, or they wouldn't a voted how they did".

    So there is a dead lock and nothing can be done? Other countries have a different mechanism for preventing chaos?

    At our house we have gotten nowhere in thinking this out.

    Me: Small town boy, now at a Texas border village after 35 years in big cities. Own a pistol and a deer rifle.

    Sig Other: Here on the border after 63 years in rough parts of St Louis, thinks owning a gun is irrational after witnessing decades of shootings in her city.

    I don't know what it will take, honestly. I think it's hopeless.

    I buy and sell well trained riding mules and American Mammoth Jack Stock.

    by old mule on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 08:14:18 AM PST

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      So there is a dead lock and nothing can be done? Other countries have a different mechanism for preventing chaos?
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      I don't know what it will take, honestly. I think it's hopeless.
      I think that the "American exceptionalism" meme that pervades our conversations may be preventing a hard and critical look at our culture. Think how this culture allows indifference to quickly cloud the etch-a-sketch after an event like Newtown clarifies our desire to live with far less violence, and, in particular, the heedless slaughter of children and young people by firearms.

      What is it?
      Our seeming worship of materialism?

      Some other distraction?

      Letting (often irrational) fear rule as a decision point?

      Allowing greed to run rampant without reflection from the media, traditional or otherwise?

      Churches going public and political with obsessions about their fears of social deterioration, instead of concentrating on these issues among their own believers?

      Maybe we fear a cultural self-examination because so many have a sense that it involves us, and we might have to do better?

      "I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor." ~ Pope Francis

      by paz3 on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 01:57:22 PM PST

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        those things, and none of them are an overnight fix.
        It just looks bad, to me.

        I buy and sell well trained riding mules and American Mammoth Jack Stock.

        by old mule on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 08:48:40 PM PST

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