For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.  (Yeats)

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Over the years, I have developed a few cardinal rules, for myself, about writing.  Number One is: never write when your head is spinning—that includes alcohol-induced head-spinning, sensory overload and bouts of cognitive dissonance.  This rule means that I will rarely be the one to “break a big scoop” but, by the same token it, it has saved me from making a collossal ass of myself on quite a few occasions (other times, not so much).

Last Friday’s events made my head spin mightily and the public reactions of some of my “fellow Murkins” created a force-field that kept it spinning.

Like the college kid that lost his place-kicker position at the University of Alabama for this infantile tweet over the President cutting into a broadcast of the National Bloodsport to address a national tragedy:

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He was joined by 50-or-so other similarly-challenged oafs who evidently get a hard-on over saying the N-word.

And there were all of the other kinds of unhelpful American Exceptionals scoring points for their own constricted agenda:

Mike Huckabee, first out of the gate with his opinion that this tragedy resulted from not enough prayer in schools and was “amened” by Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association.

On Sunday, Pastor Sam Morris told his flock, in Tennessee, that sending kids to “government schools” is the problem.

Morris insisted that “humanism” in schools taught Lanza that he was God and “he can just go blow away anybody he wants.”

When I got in high school, man, I started learning all this kingdom, phylum stuff, all this junk about evolution. And I want to tell you what evolution teaches — here’s the bottom line — that you’re an animal. That’s what it teaches. So, you’re an animal, you can act like an animal. Amen.

So, here you are, you’re an animal and you’re a god! So, what are we going to teach you about in school? Well, we can teach you about sex, we can teach you how to rebel to you parents, we can teach you how to be a homo! But we’re definitely not going to teach you about the word of God! Amen.

Focus on the Family’s James Dobson opined that homosexuals and abortion are to blame.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Planet Xanax) feels that there are not enough guns in America’s classrooms.

TEA Party Nation warns that sex in the media, teacher’s unions and the federal bureaucracy are to blame and recommend home-schooling as a solution.

The only outfit that is eerily silent on the issue is the National Rifle Association, the very organization that has spent millions turning the idea of gun ownership into the holy grail of Democracy.  They must know what exceedingly thin and crackly ice they skate on.

I don’t know what the answer is . . . but, as a parent and grandparent I know the heart-stopping, ice-in-the-veins feeling when my own child was in mortal danger.  I know that even as a 60+ year old woman who doesn’t exercise enough, I could lift a car off my grand-daughter if need be.  There are some things that are so primal that our human minds will only admit those things that make perfect sense in such situations and screen out the rest of the noise.

It is time for sane parents who want to protect their children and make those children feel safe in their homes, in their schools, in their neighborhoods to drown out the voices of the yahoos, the politicians and lobbyists who tell us all of the reasons why we can’t do that.  And I mean ALL children.  Not just children in affluent neighborhoods but also the children who are held back, educationally, because they are afraid to go to school.

No one can persuade me that this country is the greatest country on Earth as long as there is one child who is afraid to go to school.

We need to search out the sane voices because they are certainly out there.

Charles Pierce has written a very sane case for the Free Market Profiteers’ role in this problem.  And by now, probably most of you have read the viral article entitled I am Adam Lanza’s Mother, written by a mother coping with her own 13-year-old son’s mental illness and the lack of resources, outside of incarceration, for people like her to keep her son and herself safe.

I listened to an interview on NPR, in the car, yesterday, in which an urban school counselor made the case, as diplomatically as possible, that shootings are so common in her school’s neighborhood that ten-year-olds can identify a weapon’s make by its sound.

But those shootings rarely make headlines.

Truancy is a real problem in her school, she said, because children have to walk through a “war zone” to get there.

Sanity really can prevail—here’s proof from this morning’s news:

Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm that owns a stake in Bushmaster, the gun manufacturer that produced the rifle used in the massacre of students and teachers at an elementary school in Connecticut, announced early Tuesday that it intends to sell that investment.

Over the past six years, Cerberus has amassed a holding company called the Freedom Group, which has purchased some of the biggest names in American gun manufacturing, including Bushmaster. The firm’s decision to sell off the interests in firearms companies and return the capital to its investors underscores how Friday’s shooting—which took the lives of 20 children—has reinvigorated the national debate on gun control, not just for activists, but also for investors.

Posted by Bette Noir on 12/18/12 at 11:44 AM • Permalink

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The delicacy required to address this horrible event with anything other than condolences and sadness is very clear to all of us with functioning moral compasses, except the gun fetishists of course.  Funny how the public whackjobs like Gohmert, et al, are just crazed enough to make sure we have plenty of video tape for future use, and yet the NRA has gone to total radio silence. The latter demonstrates where the real power center lies, and that the Gohmert and the rest are just their well-fed lapdogs.  The NRA is smart enough to not be tossing red meat right now, because it will come back to publically bite them in the ass, and indeed appears to be doing so already.  We can hope. 

You know, I’d like to think that Cerebus Management had a sudden attack of morals, but I suspect it has more to do with money and this one hitting a bit too close to their well-manicured homes, what with Connecticut being the home of so many in the hedge fund/Wall Street/MOTU biz.  Up till now, those of this class have always been so sure that their money and gated communities would protect them from anything unpleasant; I used to do some work in this general industry and I can tell you that I only met one liberal in all my time there, and the rest were just as likely to launch into a “why Americans need to learn that retirement is NOT a right” argument as they were to talk about the weather.  Cerebus is making a financial decision - they can see that gun control is much, much more likely now, plus they get a little “gee, ain’t we good guys” press out of the sale of Freedom Group - they’ll write it off on the corporate taxes as ‘image management’.  However, even though I am sure the decision was for less than stellar conscious or unconscious reasons, I still welcome it and I hope to see more corporate actions like this one.

Of course, those like The Right Rev. Pastor Fuckhead who take exception to being compared to animals might wish to consider that unlike humans, animals only kill for basic survival, not sport. And certainly not because a rival group of mammals has a different way of worship than they do.

Great post but you left off McMegan McMoran’s solution to the problem that has no solutions:  train the kids to rush the shooter and surely knock him down.  I kid you not.  It’s a TBogg link so don’t be afeared to click on it.

@ marindenver OH.MY.McGod!  This chick has no kids. I suspect if “herself” had to “rush a shooter” she’d break a leg skidding through a puddle of her own piss.

Sheeeeeeeesh.  I just plain give up . . .

Maybe someone should hand out sponges and buckets to the sports fans who pitched an ugly fit about pre-empted football so they can clean up the murder scene at the elementary school. Maybe if they see the blood-spattered posters and the little desks, they might rethink their incredibly stupid, cruel comments.

But probably not.

You know, I’d like to think that Cerebus Management had a sudden attack of morals, but I suspect it has more to do with money and this one hitting a bit too close to their well-manicured homes, what with Connecticut being the home of so many in the hedge fund/Wall Street/MOTU biz.

I think it may be a fear that public outrage will eventually ensue in arms manufacturers facing some sort of liability.  A class action lawsuit on behalf of survivors of gun violence, and families of those killed and injured would destroy a company.

I think it may be a fear that public outrage will eventually ensue in arms manufacturers facing some sort of liability.  A class action lawsuit on behalf of survivors of gun violence, and families of those killed and injured would destroy a company.

@B4 this good and similar to what Charlie Pierce said:

I think it may be a fear that public outrage will eventually ensue in arms manufacturers facing some sort of liability.  A class action lawsuit on behalf of survivors of gun violence, and families of those killed and injured would destroy a company.

Yipes, Pierce did not say exactly the same thing as BBBB. Did you mean

You want to eliminate the guns? Take the profit out of them. Take the fight to the people who make the weapons, not to the people who sell them or the people who buy the politicians so that selling them will be easier.

Nice catch, @ Yastreblyansky, my head’s still spinning, I guess.  What you cited—that’s what I meant.

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