Another day in America, another mass shooting.
My heart breaks for the children – they played no role in their own gruesome demise. But I’m starting to feel less sympathy for the adults that keep returning to office the spineless nitwits that can’t stand up to the gun lobby.
When you vote for these people and when you worship at the altar of guns, you can’t be surprised when someone walks into your church, movie theater, or elementary school and executes dozens of people in minutes, if not seconds.
I stand with those who are fed up giving thoughts and prayers and holding moments of silence. No thought or prayer or act of holding your tongue for 60 seconds is going to stop the next lunatic that decides to settle his score with his ex-wife by gunning down a bunch of mostly innocent people.
Yes, I say “mostly,” because, despite the NRA’s insistence otherwise, it’s pretty friggin’ apparent that guns do in fact kill people. If you keep voting for those that “support gun rights” or “believe in the second amendment” I’m not certain you’re innocent anymore. These acts of mass murder are no longer an aberration. There’s no question they will happen again. It’s not a question of if. It’s not even a question of when. You can be certain it will only be a few more days before the next one. The only question is how many body bags we’ll need.
There’s a reason you can buy a Chevy but not an armored tank at a used car dealer. There’s a reason why you need a prescription for Oxycontin and you can’t just buy it off the shelf next to the Oxyclean. I can’t think of any other thing that can cause instant death, the way firearms can, that isn’t either outlawed or at least closely regulated.
I’ve spent a lot of time picking on Republicans in this space – and rightfully so. But to be clear, many on the left have just as much blood on their hands. Democrat Henry Cuellar represents the Texas district where the latest church shooting occurred. Think about that notion for a minute – it’s not even unique that a shooting occurred in a church, it’s now an accepted term. That’s where we are in America. A “church shooting” is now a thing.
Henry Cuellar got two-thirds of the vote in the 2016 general election. He got almost 90% in his primary. He has an A- rating from the NRA. Yeah, I guess it’s not an A+, but as I tell my kids, as long as you’re doing your best I’m proud of you. I’m sure Wayne Lapierre is plenty proud of Henry Cuellar.
Henry Cuellar didn’t come to office in a palace coup. He was voted in by the people of Texas 28. Some of whom probably died in that church on Sunday.