It Keeps Happening

Some details from the WaPo:

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — At least six people were dead, more than 40 people were hospitalized and a gunman was at large Monday afternoon after shooting Fourth of July paradegoers from a roof in this Chicago suburb, authorities said.

A sniper, you say?

Also, wealthy, largely Jewish Highland Park is north of Evanston and I’m pretty sure not serviced by the CTA, so it would be a suburb of Chicago the same way that San Jose is a suburb of Oakland (or vice-versa). They just gotta get the hate-Chicago, hell-hole vibe on.

but I digest, do continue.

Shortly after 10 a.m., as the parade in downtown Highland Park was three-quarters of the way done, the shooter atop a building began firing into the crowd, seeming to target observers, until police approached, authorities say. The gunman then escaped, leading law enforcement on a manhunt. A high-powered rifle was recovered by police. As of the afternoon, law enforcement was unsure whether the shooter remained in the city.

Five people died at the scene, and dozens of others were taken to hospitals, an unknown number of them in serious or critical condition. One person died at a hospital.

These domestic terrorism events are brought to us by the Republican Party and our #IllegitimateSCOTUS. And while I can scream to deaf heaven with my bootless cries, the GOPers are undoubtedly going to say that there needs to be more parade safety (how does one get a single door to a parade, I wonder).

I’m waiting for them to deflect blame to video games and rap music, too.

Meanwhile, the NRA is as usual in bad taste:

Because it’s never the guns. It’s always the guns.

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16 Responses to It Keeps Happening

  1. Jimmy T says:

    Why does the 4th of july this year feel like attending a birthday party for someone in hospice?

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    • laura says:

      Because shit’s fucked up and bullshit Jimmy T. Shit’s fucked up and bullshit and somebody hauled freedom away from women like Mr. Peabody’s coal train gutting Paradise. And so we pause and reflect and we prepare to return to the fight against American White Christian Facism as soon as we each are able. In the meantime:

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      • Jimmy T says:

        We as a country allow deeply disturbed individuals to have weapons of war. I don’t disagree with you about the White Christian fascism, at some point soon we have to oppose it, but it takes a deeply disturbed man to shoot into a family celebration…

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      • We as a country allow deeply disturbed individuals to have weapons of war.

        There, FTFY, Jimmy. Ain’t nobody need an AR15. Wanna defend your house? get a shotgun.Easier to aim in a panic, and you won’t pump 40 shots through your neighbors’ neighbor’s house. Wanna hunt? Many companies make fine hunting rifles that won’t turn your deer into pink mist.

        Think yer gonna be WOLVERINES!!! against a tyrannical gummint?

        Go find another LARP-ing hobby. One that doesn’t kill thousands of innocent people a year.

        May I suggest the SCA? Loading on 30 lbs of chainmail, shield and helm and running around whacking folks with big sticks (while they try to whack you!) is fun, vigorous exercise and the parties at night are great!

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  2. Oneofthebobs says:

    Parades have too many doors.

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  3. Jimmy T says:

    It just supposed to be fun for the family, then some murederous SOB opened fire…

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  4. Stony Pillow says:

    While the blood and gore are still wet on the pavement. Every single time.

    Accessories to a slaughter. This is who they are, this is the America they want.

    Thanks, TG.

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    • tengrain says:

      I don’t think I should be thanked for anything, Stony. It’s not just that all of this slaughter could be avoided, it is the way that Republicans and our #IllegitimateSCOTUS are actively promoting it, maybe even celebrating it. It can be fixed, this would be so easy to be solved and the Gundamentalists would rather let some company make a buck off the carnage than return us to sanity and safety.

      It’s deadly cynicism.

      Rgds,

      TG

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  5. osirisopto says:

    Parades, grocery stores, bars, schools, churches, hospitals, C&W concerts, congressional softball games.

    Makes me wonder if there’s anything that will motivate the PTB to take control of the situation.

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  6. Also, because they gallows ain’t gonna humor itself.

    The perp is named ‘Robert Crimo’ ?? What’s next? A string of violent robberies by William Robbar?

    The writers for this reality are past phoning it in and are sending in scripts scrawled crudely with carpenter’s pencil on chunks of cardboard from cases of gin, postmarked from a seedy dive bar in Bangkok.

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    • Stony Pillow says:

      And the answer is (wait for it)… one of them:

      A video posted to Crimo’s YouTube page on Jan. 2, 2021, appears to show Crimo among a throng of protesters cheering for Trump’s presidential motorcade outside an airport. Crimo flips the phone’s orientation to reveal his face at the end of the video.

      Crimo is also seen draped in a Trump flag in a June 27, 2021, post on Twitter. The post is captioned with only the word “spam.”

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  7. Sirius Lunacy says:

    As long as he doesn’t shoot a pregnant woman and kill the fetus ’cause then he be in BIG trouble!

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    • beckymaenot says:

      Not quite Sirius- they will just figure out a way to blame the woman, like they always do.

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  8. Grung_e_Gene says:

    The NRA, Firearms Industry and their Republican thralls have declared asymmetrical war on the United States and American people. They’ve turned the 2A into a Murder-Suicide Pact and will make the US ungovernable with the goal of establishing a fundamentalist fascist facsimile of Democracy.

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    • beckymaenot says:

      and THEN they will come for the guns. But not before.

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      • I wanted to give you 100 thumbs up. You are quite correct on this, evidence their “no guns” policies at rallies, conventions and any NRA event – even, as I am lead to believe, in the NRA building.

        The really sad part is, most of them will probably give up their toys willingly because they’ve got the government they want. They’ll do whatever Fox (Putin) tells them to do.

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