And the retard chorus sings its loudest.
Twenty children of 6 and 7 years were gunned down. As were six adult school personnel. And those solid citizens immediately start shrieking and whining that someone is going to take their guns away, and insist that such incidents would not happen if everyone in society was armed. One can only marvel at the decency of it all. America shows its true values. Guns over kids. It's our heritage. It's our culture. It's America at its most exceptional.
The gun nut ward has turned to literary figures to justify their concern. They like to put up a quotation from beat novelist and drug addict William Burroughs as a justification. He said: "After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military."
He is a person who must be respected as an authority on the responsible use of guns. A gun nut himself, he and his wife developed a game they called "William Tell" in which he put a glass on her head and would shoot it off. One night in Mexico City, where he was waiting for the statute of limitations to run out on a possible drug charge in Louisiana, at a drunken party he and his wife played William Tell and Burroughs missed and shot her in the head. After 13 days in jail, his family got him out on bail and eventually he left the country, which sentenced him for murder in absentia. Burroughs is the sage we really want to listen to when it comes to guns.
However, in another quotation, which the NRA-minds can't seem to grasp, Burroughs said, "The gun contol people attribute all the murders to the fact that people can get guns; but of course murderers can use other instruments. And then the riflemen scream that gun control is disarming the citizen, as if that were a factor anymore. Do they think they are back in the minutemen days, or that we need an army of citizens armed with sporting rifles? I think it's an irrelevant idea from both sides."
This was all said before we had assault rifles and their toy-store versions, which was used by the shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But, nevermind.
This latest incident could give a huge boost to the conservative movement in America. It demonstrates the weakness of our public schools. Now they could be privatized and turned into for-profit shooting galleries so the gun crowd could have a place to put its values on show.
I must put my disclaimer in at this point. I am a gun owner. My collection, some of which is inherited, includes shotguns, rifles, and a couple of black powder muskets with worn-out bores from shooting in Civil War re-enactment contests. I have no problems with guns. I have problems with some of the people who worship them.
When I was a soldier, the Army practiced gun control. When we were not using our weapons for training, or guard mounts, or parades, or exercises, they had to be turned in and locked up. Every weapon and piece of ammunition had to be accounted for. The officers and cadre would not dismiss the troops to go about other business until every piece was cleaned and turned in to the armory.
Now such strictures on when and where one can carry firearms is said to be a violation of the Second Amendment.
There used to be a saying about never giving a baby a gun. Now the commandment is let every baby carry a gun wherever the baby wants.
The human race is not getting any smarter. It is getting infantile. The infants are influencing pubic policy and insist that the right to bear arms trumps the right of 6 and 7 year-olds to have lives.
We are exceptional.