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  •  nice, but... gun control was the litmus test? (2+ / 0-)
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    marina, lyvwyr101

    i would've gone with invading a country that didn't do anything to us.

    -or- locking up millions and harming or destroying families for possessing weed.

    -or- an economic structure where many have to work two jobs to not make ends meet.

    -or- using prisons to warehouse the mentally ill.

    -or- years, even decades, of debt fostered on the majority who want a better life via education.

    -or- willfully ignoring economic slavery in other countries so we can have the latest in fashion and electronics cheaply


    i'm not anti-gun control, but even on the worst gun fail days, citizens of the US are, collectively, responsible for harm and death of way, way way more humans inside and outside our own borders.  All the school and movie theatre shootings combined are a small fraction of the casual harm our collective lifestyle choices make on the entire world's population.

    I'd make the argument we initially failed a moral test, a humanity test, way back when we started stealing land and killing the people who were on it first.  We could have simply continued to fail that moral test ever since by not making a serious effort to balance that scale, but instead we seem to double down every decade or so since by some new, f'd up choice where we choose material gain and a comfortable lifestyle over, you know, humanity.

    Our inability to rein in gun violence is just another "my luxuries first" straw on the camel back of morality.  (and my own metaphorical skills probably aren't helping and may just kill us all)

    elipsii: helping the masses express aposiopesis for...

    by bnasley on Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 11:08:39 AM PST

    •  to the diarist: ooohh... ouch... (0+ / 0-)

      so about grinding my personal axe in your diary....  clearly, i need to check my blood sugar before logging on.

      sorry 'bout that.

      elipsii: helping the masses express aposiopesis for...

      by bnasley on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 01:24:01 PM PST

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