Tony Norman: Names change, but massacres stay the same

Tony Norman: Names change, but massacres stay the same

What will it take for Americans to say ‘enough’ to an irresponsible gun industry? Expressions of shock at yet another mass shooting in America are mostly performative. Columbine was a shock. Sandy Hook was also a shock because of the ages of the victims. Nothing that came after those massacres was as much a shock. Though no less horrific to the victims and their families, those body counts that came later constituted the dull, repetitious ache of the familiar — a phantom limb of pain seemingly beyond treatment or consolation. In America, members of a congressional death cult ritualistically genuflect at every blood-spattered scene offering “thoughts and prayers” for victims they truly don’t see. “Now is not the time to speak ill of guns or the Second Amendment,” they say with pious indignation as they pace nervously around bloody footprints tracked into the halls of Congress by gun industry lobbyists. “Now is never the time — and no point in the future is ever the time, either, so stop talking like any change to the status quo is even possible,” they grouse. Their enablers in the gun lobby know what strings to pull and what politicians to bribe to keep all tears pooling at the symbolic level. Expressions of sorrow must never supersede the higher calling to protect the gun industry’s bottom line. Fealty to a faulty interpretation of an 18th-century document with its arcane reference to a “well regulated militia” is a convenient legal cover, but the real […]

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