Can We Talk Now? Maybe?
At 6 am this morning, in Rochester, NY, firefighters heard the alarm, forgot about sleeping-in, forgot about Christmas Eve and suited up to fight a fire consuming one of their neighbor’s homes. Now two of those firefighters are dead and two are in the hospital with gunshot wounds because some anonymous coward with a gun decided to play sniper.
For the confounded ever-loving sake of Jesus, Mary and Joseph! can we now talk about combating this blight that is stealing our children, our heroes, our young men, and our dreams?
And please don’t come at me with the G-D Second Amendment—that antiquated, perennially misunderstood piece of verbiage does not trump ALL of the rights of those young firefighters.
Don’t tell me we need guns to keep ourselves safe—guns are the biggest public health threat to our society, today. They cost us billions of dollars in loss of life, medical expenses, permanent disabilities and fractured families all to protect the right of the manliness-challenged to tap a keg and fill a Nancy Pelosi target full of holes.
Why else would the NRA pour millions of dollars into silencing public health officials on this issue?
Your arguments are the demented fever dreams of arrested development. They are pure bullshit and you know it. Guns are fun, you say? Try sex, you’ll never go back.
And Merry Fking Christmas to you, Wayne LaPierre, you degenerate old goat. Guess these firefighters should have bought the body armor you’re pimping—as if fighting fires isn’t hard enough already. What kind of program are you going to market to every Fire Department in the land, Wayne?
My erstwhile fellow-Roaster, B4, struck a chord with several of us, yesterday when he said:
We ignore the NRA at our peril, we need to ridicule them, and to marginalize them- hopefully to the point of negation.
My New Year’s resolution, this year, is to take B4’s admonition very seriously and to dedicate my time, energy and efforts to doing anything possible to getting guns out of our daily lives for as long as I live. And Wayne LaPierre, be warned, because I plan to outlive you and your money-grubbing constituency. We got tobacco out of our daily lives, now it’s time to get rid of guns.
I would have preferred to be writing something cozy and festive, today, but, as long as these young people will no longer be able to appreciate “peace on Earth, goodwill toward men,” I’m afraid I have to shake my fist and rage, instead.
*****UPDATE: Sad but true*****
A police officer has died of gunshot wounds in Houston after the driver of a car that he tried to pull over opened fire on him.
Houston police spokesman John Cannon says the officer died at a Houston hospital and that a bystander also was killed in the exchange of gunfire Monday morning.