Oh look, another “active shooter” incident. Go figure.
Yesterday, 12 people were killed when yet another gunman went into a building and randomly shot a bunch of innocent people.
We Americans have already expressed the opinion that we don’t care. I mean; we've been expressing it for the last 20 years, and even more loudly in the last several. Sure, a few people try to do something to change the gun-lust nature of our culture, but they are quickly and loudly beaten back into the margins.
We the People have spoken loud and clear: “Keep your Commie hands off our guns. We don’t care how many people are slaughtered on a daily, monthly or yearly basis. We don’t care if they’re military men, high school students, moviegoers or first graders. If you want to prevent more killing, give us more guns.”
And so it goes.
You’d think they’d have some of their own guns, in a place called the Navy Yard. No wait… they did! In fact, the gunman shot a guy who had a gun, and took it from him. If only that guy had more guns, maybe he could have defended himself better.
This shooter was a black guy, so at least people of color are breaking through that barrier. To find the last African-American mass-murderer, you have to go back to the DC Sniper killings of the early 2000s. So mass killing is no longer the providence of disgruntled white kids or squinty-eyed militants. Who knew that guns would be a catalyst for equal opportunity?
So spare us the weepy eulogies. Spare us the press pool footage from the gravesites. Spare us the interviews from neighbors who say the shooter was a good boy. Our unfettered right to play with guns far outweighs the loss of life and limb, because no one tells US what to do.
So no background checks, no waiting lists, no restrictions on ammo clips or armor-piercing bullets. We wanna buy a Bushmaster AR 15 on credit at WalMart and start shooting stuff before we make the first payment. We want it all because it’s cool and it says we can have them in the 2nd Amendment. That’s the only Amendment that counts, right?
Fuck you, we’re Americans. We just don’t care.
Because if we did, we’d do something about it.