No sane human being would think to regard something normal as awful, except when a common occurrence founded on a group’s twisted values and behaviors is exposed for all the world to see; then it is prudent to label “normal” as awful.
Everyone from President Obama to the mayor of Charleston has made a specific point of saying the aftermath of a racially-motivated gun massacre of nine innocent and unarmed African Americans is a time for healing. Although they said the right thing, everyone is certainly sincere and they mean well, and they truly hope to comfort the victims’ families, survivors, and distressed Americans suffering the same pain, disgust, outrage, and sadness they feel after every other senseless gun slaughter. However, there is no healing for this sick, violent, and racist nation, and everyone knows it.
Open Carry Tarrant County, a chapter of the gun rights advocacy group Open Carry Texas, created further tension with the group and GOP lawmakers in Texas by publicly declaring the need to “hunt down the Republicans” who aren’t pushing a bill in the state legislature that would allow people to openly carry unlicensed handguns.
One might wonder what kind of malcontent opposes a worldwide treaty that limits the transfer of conventional arms and battlefield components to evil dictators who promote and commit genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and attack civilians or civilian buildings such as schools and hospitals. In America, it is Republicans indebted to, and serving, the National Rifle Association.
President Obama has been clear in his advocacy of sensible gun reform at home, as well as balanced global demilitarization. Shamefully, the President has been totally lacking in Congressional partners who want to make the world’s streets safer with him.
However, as Americans have witnessed more and more, when police kill citizens, especially unarmed African American citizens, no one is held accountable and failure to praise the killings is an outrage.
During an interview on CNN’s New Day Monday Morning, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) fired back at host Chris Cuomo’s assertion that the hostage situation in Australia may have been averted if that country didn’t have such strict gun control laws.
What’s happening in Ferguson, and rattling the cages of strained municipalities throughout the country, is, of course, about our complicated and corrosive attitudes about race. And yes, always and forever when it comes to public safety and the senseless loss of life on American streets, it’s about guns.