Re: Vegas - WTF???
Date: October 03, 2017 06:54AM
It's a really sad state of affairs that stems from a deeply-seated cultural and ideological malaise in this country that, coupled with powerful lobbying/economic interests beholden only to themselves, has metastasized into a heartwrenching social phenomenon we will never be rid of. Sure, shootings happen in other places too, but the frequency and ferocity of the American case dwarfs any other nation exponentially -- it is very particular to us.
The Australian response is an admirable case study of how to do it, but alas, the US - for all its unique heritage and immeasurable contributions to its citizens and immigrants and the world at large - is more backward than most other developed nations in several key respects.
Prayers will be offered, we will grieve, debate it back & forth as we have before, and move on with nothing improved in any substantial manner. Rinse & repeat. It's enough to boil one's blood, but there's also a sense of utter helplessness and resignation by now.
Some bemoan "politicizing the tragedy", but for all our sadness - and my heart does go out to all the lives unfathomably left unfinished and all the families that have been irrevocably, needlessly shattered - there is no better time to bring this issue again than now.
Kevgret's analogy regarding cars is not only poorly reasoned, it is abysmally stupid...I won't bother tearing it apart because anyone with two lone brain cells to rub together should be able to see why.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/03/2017 07:06AM by JMac.