Welcome to America. Land of the Free, Home of the Dead Children.

Jillian Soto uses a phone to get information about her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, after a gunman killed more than two dozen people, including 20 children. Victoria Soto, 27, was among those killed. (Jessica Hill/AP)

The already absurd, outdated, and grasping statements by many gun enthusiasts that seek to equate their ownership of any number of mutant firearms with their “freedom”, rings especially hollow these days. I think a case can easily be made that your guns make you less free.

You’re so imprisoned in a state of fear and paranoia that the horrifically obvious only brings more pathetic bursts of dribble from you. Here’s my favorite regurgitated histrionic from the pro-assault weapon crowd:

“We need more guns in our schools to combat this scourge. Indeed, let’s arm all of our teachers.”

No, the scourge is that people like you and the NRA have most of our politicians by their (very tiny) balls. Even Obama, a man I deeply respect, has yet to utter what MUST be said (although he tried valiantly on Sunday to eek out a prologue to sanity). And that is, we need much stricter gun control regulations in the U.S.  Now.

This isn’t America 1700s when the founders agreed we should have muskets around to protect us from intruders and beasts.  Any casual historian would  conclude the founders would be horrified that their intentions have been so  mangled as to be unrecognizable. I’ll bet none of them meant to sign a document allowing (even encouraging) mentally ill young people, fed a steady diet of numbing video and video-game violence, to possess and use the sort of weaponry against our children that our soldiers use against terrorists.

Times change. Evolution happens. And we have evolved from a mainly agrarian,  scarcely populated nation, to a mostly urban and (let’s be honest) very violent nation. And much of the violence is due to the abundance of guns.

Why is it so hard for us to make the next move, one we’ve actually taken many times?  That is to take government steps to protect us from ourselves, when the alternative has become untenable. I remember similar cries of messing with our “freedoms” when sweeping laws were enacted to keep us from hurting ourselves. Laws regarding seatbelts, drinking and driving, smoking, and many others, certainly on the surface might appear to be messing with liberty. But closer examinations show they’ve had huge positive impacts on us living better, and I’d say “freer” lives.

There is no horror greater than the one we’ve witnessed this past week. Entire classrooms of children are slaughtered, and this is our accepted price for “freedom”?

Bullshit. We’re no better than Syria. Why any American outrage over their nightmare? Massacres are a daily part of life there, as they are here now.

Welcome to America, land of the free. Home of The Dead Children.

update: a similar take

update 2: Our spiritual leader on this



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