Once again “thoughts and prayers” are being offered in response to an American massacre by gunfire.
After Columbine in April of 1999, “thoughts and prayers” did not prevent:
—The shooting deaths of 12 people in Atlanta two months later.
—The slaying by gunshsot of six people at a prayer service in Ft. Worth.
—Sniper slayings of ten in Washington in 2002.
—Killing by gunshot of six on the streets of Chicago in 2003.
—A hunter killing six fellow “sportsmen” after an argument in Wisconsin in 2004.
—The deaths by gunfire of seven worshippers at a church service in Wisconsin in 2005.
—The slaughter by a Pennsylvania shooter of six school girls in 2006.
—The massacre of 32 innocents at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., in 2007.
—Shootings in 2008 in Washington, Arizona, California and Illinois that left 20 dead.
—The deaths by gunfire of 58 people at seven different United States locations in 2009.
—The Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shooting in Tucson in 2011 that left six dead including a nine-year-old girl who wanted only for everyone to be able to splash happily in rain puddles.
—The deaths by gunshot in 2012 of 38 Americans, including 20 first grade children at a school in Newtown, Conn.
—The fatal gunning down of 19 people in two separate shootings in 2013.
—Seven shooting deaths in a gunman’s rampage in Isla Vista, CA, in 2014.
—11 killings by gunshot at two sites in 2015.
And now, at least 50 dead and another 53 hospitalized by a single shooter’s gunfire at a nightclub in Orlando, FL.
Spare me your “thoughts and prayers,” office holders and public figures. Give me laws. Strict laws. And enforce them. Yes, take away the guns of the NRA, every single god damnable one of them. And if they resist, throw their sorry asses in jail.
Don’t dare mention your distorted version of the Second Amendment, you sex-challenged jackoffs waving your AR15s and Glocks. Anyone who can read and think knows that it was written two and a half centuries ago to assure the wherewithal for a standing militia when there was a need for a standing militia to defend the new country. Today we have the biggest, costliest, most powerfully armed military in the history of the world and the idea of needing a militia is absurd. Today, virtually every mid-sized city police department is better armed than the Wehrmacht, but for all of their tanks and guns and swat teams the Orlando cops could not prevent a single armed hater from slaughtering 50 people in the middle of downtown. Because he had guns, stupid. GUNS.
Until they are forever banned we cannot call ourselves civilized. We are a sick, sick, sick, sick society.