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This isn't uplifting, but it's what's on my mind.

We live in a violent country – a nation with a heart of darkness. A sickness flows – fear and anger and hate. We pray for Boston and Newtown and Aurora and Tucson. We wear symbols and post icons on Facebook. But we are a country that has been in one war or another for 216 of our 237 years. We shackled, whipped, terrorized, and killed slaves and Native Americans. We killed each other by the scores of thousands to end slavery. We nuked two cities to end WWII. We’ve slaughtered millions more from Southeast Asia to Central and South America to the Middle East, often for reasons so obscure hardly any American can accurately say why.

In our streets, we allow criminally insane and violent people to carry weapons of war – and we can’t even pass a pathetic background check. The NRA blocked gunpowder tracers that would help investigators solve shootings and bombings. They blocked limits on magazines. And, even though more than half of the mass shootings in the U.S. involve assault weapons, and though there is not one recorded case of an assault weapon being used in self-defense, they blocked a ban on assault weapons.

Our laws are so screwed up that overseas terrorists encourage followers to go to America to buy guns but parents of foreign students discourage their kids from coming here to earn their degrees.

More than 30,000 Americans are killed every year by guns. Another 70,000 are shot but survive. Guns are used in nearly 70% of all murders and more than half of all suicides. Yet the gun lovers love to say guns don’t kill people. Neither does heroin or cigarettes, by the same logic.

If you are an American, you should expect to be shot or that someone you love will be shot at some point in your life. You just have to hope you and your love ones survive the wounds.

I know. Many say love conquers hate and our humanity is at its best when we come together in times like these. But the point is we, far more than any other "civilized" society, are having to come together so often. We have these tragedies dozens of times every day across the country. If it's not a mass bombing or shooting, it's a domestic dispute or an accidental killing by a four-year-old who found his father's gun. And our leaders bow their heads and pray and shed tears, and do nothing.

We live in a violent country.

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  •  asdf (0+ / 0-)
    And, even though more than half of the mass shootings in the U.S. involve assault weapons, and though there is not one recorded case of an assault weapon being used in self-defense, they blocked a ban on assault weapons.
    There is no consistent definition of "assault weapon" that can make both of these statements true.

    "with rights come responsibilities." Wrong. Responsibilities continue to exist even if you abdicate your rights.

    by happymisanthropy on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 09:40:03 PM PDT

  •  Guns are not safety devices (0+ / 0-)

    When debating it never fails to hear the pro gun guy say, "How do you defend yourself when a bad guy breaks into your house in the middle of the night?"

    Always reply: "The far more likely hypothetical situation is that one night you consume too much moonshine, start slapping your old lady around, she gets the gun, points it at you, you disarm her and shoot her in the face and serve the rest of your worthless, gun-loving life in prison."

    i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

    by bobinson on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 11:09:36 PM PDT

  •  It's not the country. When we identify the (1+ / 0-)
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    worng agent, we can't stop the action. A country is a figment of the imagination. It does nothing.
    There are violent people who have no regard for their own kind and, in fact, prey on them. These people have to be identified and stopped by containing them before they do too much damage. Depriving them of sustenance does not stop them; it only makes them mean and mad. It makes them transition from exploitation to extermination.

    Of course, if we identify meanness with ornery independence and call that a virtue, we're not about to stop it. Tolerating abuse is stupid. There is something as being too generous. Listening to people talk garbage is too generous. Filibusterers, for example, need to be shut down. Or, at least, somebody has to cut their mic.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 01:42:10 AM PDT

  •  We've been on a war time footing since Vietnam (0+ / 0-)

    This is the result.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 05:55:49 AM PDT

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