We’ve snarked before that death by gunfire is now so common in the United States that autopsies should start listing it as a natural cause. The news will focus on the shooting event while it is underway and then return to mundane items a day later. We’ve become numb to the carnage around us.
But as Bennie-the-Blade Carson said that he would rather see a body full of bullet holes than lose the right to own a gun because: freedom. So we got that working for us.
It doesn’t take much to connect-the-dots between the rhetoric of the doctored video claiming Planned Parenthood sells Baby Parts-by-the-Pound to having an armed gunman inside a clinic; the only surprise is that it took this long. The day before the attack, Marco Rubio said that if you don’t like a Supreme Court Ruling, just ignore it.
These things are all related. Coincidences are rare things.
As the President said:
The last thing Americans should have to do, over the holidays or any day, is comfort the families of people killed by gun violence — people who woke up in the morning and bid their loved ones goodbye with no idea it would be for the last time. And yet, two days after Thanksgiving, that’s what we are forced to do again.
We don’t yet know what this particular gunman’s so-called motive was for shooting twelve people, or for terrorizing an entire community, when he opened fire with an assault weapon and took hostages at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado. What we do know is that he killed a cop in the line of duty, along with two of the citizens that police officer was trying to protect. We know that law enforcement saved lives, as so many of them do every day, all across America. And we know that more Americans and their families had fear forced upon them.
This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal. If we truly care about this — if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough.
May God bless Officer Garrett Swasey and the Americans he tried to save — and may He grant the rest of us the courage to do the same thing.