So it’s happened again.
But it can, after all, be reliably predicted.
Soon, once again, a psychopath, armed to the teeth, will kill a large number of people, trending to be a larger number each time.
Periodically in the news cycle, becoming an accepted part of the background of our interconnected lives, accepted reluctantly, because of the knowledge that it happens, the thing happens.
With each new public atrocity, we trudge through the various stages, the call for self-examination, the wailing and gnashing of teeth, the sackcloth and ashes.
The timid, quasi-anti gun editorials tentatively submitted to public discourse, then resoundingly smacked down by the vigorous, robustly pro-gun Right.
Then the coda– the editorial conclusion: we throw up our hands in defeat. Nobody challenges the NRA.
And when you hear the voices on talk radio, read the inflamed commentary on the Internet, a number of implied beliefs emerge from the gestalt of the pro-gun side.
Most curious among these is the implication– sometimes the open assertion –that the right to own and shoot guns is also the right to armed revolt against… the U.S. Government. Obama. The Feds.
This self-aggrandizing fantasy is, you bet, a wishful dream of power by those who actually feel impotent to halt changes they don’t like.
It expresses itself , as we know, in the fetishizing of guns, so beautifully made, so successful at what they do.
Guns which can throw fatal force a superhuman distance, to deadly effect, with the God-like power to smite and strike down…
But you know what, you guys?
No matter what kind of arsenal you’ve managed to put together in your own private Libertarian Fort Survivalist –there’s no way to avoid this, any way you look at it– you’re outgunned.
This seems so obvious. I mean, look, what if you’ve even got a few tanks squirreled away, armor-piercing rounds, heat-seeking missiles, you name it–
The government has more cool weaponry than you do.
It can defeat nations. It can certainly defeat you.
Like the late, lamented Branch Davidians, you will be overwhelmed. That is the way it is.
So what is really the point?
Does the fantasy include dying heroically? Like Davy Crockett, at the Alamo?
Leave civil war to the re-enactors.
It’s just as Goya said– the Sleep of Reason sure does produce Monsters.
He was supposed to be in prison less than a year. Instead, he died after catching the coronavirus.
At least 84 Texas state prisoners have died after contracting the coronavirus, including men who were serving short sentences or set to soon go home. As the death count rose, advocates unsuccessfully called on the governor and parole board for early release.
James Allen Smith was only supposed to be at a Texas prison for a matter of months, sentenced to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program after he pled guilty to a repeat DWI offense in January.
But in May, while in a Huntsville prison where Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials halted almost all movement as inmates and employees fell ill with the new coronavirus, the 73-year-old retired teacher from Bastrop also contracted the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. Instead of coming home to his family after completing a short program, Smith died in prison custody on June 11.
Trump’s obsession with wrecking Obamacare is pushing him into a political buzzsaw: report
President Donald Trump's administration has asked the Supreme Court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act at a time when the United States is suffering from a deadly pandemic.
An Axios analysis written by Drew Altman of the Kaiser Family Foundation argues that Trump's insistence on demolishing all of Obamacare puts him at odds not just with Democratic and independent voters, but also a majority of Republican voters.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urges Texas GOP to cancel its convention
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner encouraged the Republican Party of Texas on Monday to cancel its in-person convention in Houston next week and warned that should the event continue, health inspectors would have the authority to shut down the gathering if certain guidelines are not followed.
Turner said that he planned to send a letter to members of the State Republican Executive Committee, the state party’s governing board, outlining conditions the party must follow in order to hold the convention.