“This was yet another week that tore at the very fiber of our nation.After two videos emerged showing the gruesome killings of two black men by police officers, one in Baton Rouge, La., and the other in Falcon Heights, Minn., a black man shot and killed five officers in a cowardly ambush at an otherwise peaceful protest and wounded nine more people. The Dallas police chief, David O. Brown, said, “He was upset about Black Lives Matter” and “about the recent police shootings” and “was upset at white people” and “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
We seem caught in a cycle of escalating atrocities without an easy way out, without enough clear voices of calm, without tools for reduction, without resolutions that will satisfy.There is so much loss and pain. There are so many families whose hearts hurt for a loved one needlessly taken, never to be embraced again.There is so much disintegrating trust, so much animosity stirring.So many — too many — Americans now seem to be living with an ambient terror that someone is somehow targeting them.Friday morning, after the Dallas shootings, my college student daughter entered my room before heading out to her summer job. She hugged me and said: “Dad, I’m scared. Are you scared?” We talked about what had happened in the preceding days, and I tried to allay her fears and soothe her anxiety.
How does a father answer such a question? I’m still not sure I got it precisely right.Truth is, I am afraid. Not so much for my own safety, which is what my daughter was fretting about, but more for the country I love.”
Here is a comment from the NYT which I support:
“In a deeply perverted and ugly American way, a gun is a form of expression or speech.
As opposed to civilized forms of expression or speech – intellectual discourse, art, talking things through, music, sport, living a life in quiet peace – a gun is a way to express your self in a threatening, physical, menacing, bloody, violent and fatal way.
America is a country where one political party – the same party that pretends to be a ‘law and order’ party – promotes the near unrestricted access of guns as a form of holy American expression, thereby producing a nation drowning in over 300 million guns, a number so extreme and deranged that it has literally produced a nation’s police force afraid of its own streets and citizens…while arming almost every angry young male with weapons of mass destruction.
Racism aside, which still remains as America’s very real and unrecognized national hood ornament, America is not really a land of law and order anymore specifically because 300 million civilian guns in circulation has created a complete and terrifying daily gun anarchy and metastatic single-cell terrorism complex nationwide.
In 2008, the United States had over 12,000 gun-related homicides.
That same year, Japan had only 11 gun murders – less than half as many killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
America has chosen – by virtue of its right-wing – to create a national shooting gallery out of its country.
‘Guns Over People’ has issued a national death wish to all Americans.”