America, what’s happening to you?

For those of us watching from the outside it’s simply impossible to process the levels of senseless violence within your borders, America. This is the country which others have looked to with admiration for generations for the opportunity and innovation you offer. But … the refusal of so many politicians to give up the buckets of money provided by the gun lobby so as to stay in power and instead abuse the intent of the second amendment to keep guns flowing and innocent people dying is simply beyond comprehension. Choosing money and power over the safety and well-being of your citizens is not what one should expect from the country that leads the free world by its “moral authority”.  There’s no moral authority in sight when there are mass shootings in a grocery store, a church, and a 4th grade classroom within a 10-day period. The world weeps with Lady Liberty.

Lady

Many passionate bloggers have written about their horror and heartbreak at these events.  Rather than miss doing justice to these tragedies of senseless gun violence myself, I’m going to let the voices of some excellent American bloggers do the talking.  They are speaking from the heart. 

America, Guns, and National Suicide, by Paul

America touts itself as being a civilized nation. Americans boast about being pro-life and congratulate themselves about valuing children.

And yet, America is killing its children. America is committing national suicide – one mass shooting at a time. Don’t think of it as simply lives lost. America is immolating whatever shreds remain of its soul, its decency.

It was only ten days between the mass murder in Buffalo and the carnage at Uvalde.

Ten days between massacres. Ten days of renewed pleas for sensible, fair legislation regarding guns and ten days of excuses, deflection, thoughts, prayers and push back from the depraved, soulless people who beatify firearms as if they’re calves of gold.

Here I am writing about guns. Again.

Why should I write about guns? Again.

Who the hell knows. Just another scream in the wilderness.

When the next mass shooting occurs, and it will, I don’t know if I’ll do a gun post. I don’t know if I’ll ever write about guns again.

What’s the point?

Ninety percent of Americans want background checks and yet the politicians who are whores of the gun lobby are holding up any legislation.

What’s the point?

In Texas, if you’re eighteen, you can’t buy a beer but you can buy a killing machine. I can’t be the only one who sees the absurdity of that.

What’s the point?

In many states you have to jump through some reasonable hoops to buy a car. Not so much when it comes to a gun.

What’s the point?

I don’t have nearly the bully pulpit of the legislators who’ve prostituted their souls. You know, like Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz, who has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from the National Rifle Association, came up with his own solution just hours after the Uvalde massacre. “We know from past experience that the most effective tool for keeping kids safe is armed law enforcement on the campus,” Cruz said in an interview on MSNBC. “Inevitably, when there’s a murder of this kind, you see politicians try to politicize it. You see Democrats and a lot of folks in the media whose immediate solution is to try to restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” Cruz added. “That doesn’t work.”

Ted Cruz and people like him see absolutely no problem with turning schools into armed citadels. He actually suggests these things with a straight face.

Why stop there? Let’s include churches, movie theaters, indoor and outdoor concerts, supermarkets, department stores, parks, public bathrooms, stadiums, farmer’s markets, gyms, night clubs, restaurants, every Starbuck’s in America and the fucking Chuck E. Cheese over at the local strip mall. Chuck E. himself can pack heat.

“Law-abiding citizens” said Cruz. That’s one of my all time favorites. Well, Teddy, the kid who shot up the school in Uvalde was a law abiding citizen when he bought his two guns and nearly four hundred rounds of ammunition. Then he stopped being law abiding when he shot his grandmother and headed off to Robb Elementary.  [continue reading at https://lifeinmyyears.com/2022/05/25/america-guns-and-national-suicide/]

Another excellent post by a despairing American can be found at: The Numbing of the American Soul, by Jack Canfora.

And this impactful post by blogger Snakes in the Grass: We are Broken.

And, as well, several by John Persico, Jr. at Aging Capriciously, including: Pope Francis and Cardinal Cupich: Thoughts on Gun Control and The Brutality of the Second Amendment.

If only all these well-articulated and passionate words would help make a difference. I weep for America.

Candles

 

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24 Responses to America, what’s happening to you?

  1. Roy McCarthy says:

    Sobering indeed. Blogger Jack Canfora is particularly eloquent in describing the way in which most of us now tend to shrug off these incidents because of their regularity, or are relieved when it’s 10 children instead of 20. There’s a special place in Hell for the likes of Ted Cruz. I’m afraid the answer only lies with the American people themselves. The USA is a complete outlier when it comes to gun laws.
    P.S. Good luck in your race on Sunday Jane.

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      Yes, I agree that it depends 100% on the American expletive themselves. The rest of the world can only look on in horror and bafflement. The USA is actually an outlier in many categories (parental leave, universal healthcare, executions, for starters); it’s all incomprehensible.
      P.S. thx so much for remembering my “race”. Sadly, the hip/leg issues I was managing so well have come back in full force the past 2 weeks. Bottom line: enjoy running whenever you can, for as long as you can!

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  2. Rose says:

    The politicians in my country are insane, have created a split personality of our nation, and are willing to fight to the death, sacrificing all our children and soldiers, to win and get richer. I don’t know what American voters are thinking by continuing to elect clearly defunct lunatics to office.

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      To be fair to the other half, it’s half the politicians. And they’re responding to – and encouraging – the incomprehensible desires of their electorate. It’s heartbreaking all around. 😥

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  3. jofedorchuk says:

    thank you Jane, insightful reading from people not afraid to speak out. There are some politicians I wish would read this, too.

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  4. Dr. John Persico Jr. says:

    Thanks Jane for posting all of these. The more we can keep the issue forefront in the minds of people, the better our chances of reaching hearts and minds. IMHO

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      I totally agree, John. You are doing your part. I wonder what would happen if some/several gun-loving politicians found their children had been shot and killed in their classrooms. I hate to think that might be what it takes for them to realize that “thoughts and prayers” and “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” are travesties.

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  5. Wynne Leon says:

    Thank you, Jane for this post that synthesizes some of the horror I feel as an American. It reminds me of a Mark Twain quote, “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” I’m praying some moral courage shows up in this country!

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      Moral courage is shamefully missing, I’m sorry to say. And all of us hoping and praying isn’t doing any more good than the “thoughts and prayers” after the fact. If enough Americans are really concerned that their 4% of the world’s population own 44% of the world’s guns – not to mention all the guns the U.S. gun manufacturers happily sell to Latin American gangs and drug cartels, and that the increasing gun “culture” is destroying their sense of safety and well-being in their own country, then they need to mount a massive campaign against the powerful gun lobby. It doesn’t seem to happen.

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  6. It’s an incredible travesty, isn’t it? As I write this with CBC National News on the TV, I’m just learning that a man carrying a rifle near schools in Toronto has been shot and killed by police. So, as a Canadian, I’m not going to take the higher moral ground here, but here’s what I want to say. Someone speaking on an American News network yesterday said, “this is not who we are”. And my thought was that’s exactly who you are, at least in part, because it happens over and over again. As you and others have pointed out, Jane, there’s so much money in the gun business that it’s clearly more important to some Americans than children’s lives. An op/ed piece in The Washington Post stated my thoughts exactly. “This is who we are”. It was a poignant, sad piece. Sensible people know that the U.S. is much more than gun-toting angry people running around shooting innocent bystanders, and that gun owners make up a small fraction of the population. But here’s the thing. From the time I was a little girl in grade school, I learned that one person can wreck everything for everyone else, and they still are…

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      You are totally right, Debra, that it’s not about taking the high ground, people who decide to go on shooting (or stabbing or car-ramming) rampages live everywhere. It’s not about competing for who has fewer mass shootings. For one thing, the rest of us would lose that competition. There is not ONE country in the ENTIRE world that comes even vaguely close to the U.S. and that speaks to “It IS who we are”. The power of the gobs of money coming into politicians who are willing to embrace the false notion that it’s Americans’ constitutional right to buy assault weapons and as many other weapons as they like is egregiously evil. And what’s really astoundingly hypocritical is that these are the politicians most likely to be ardent pro-lifers. It is so sad. It didn’t use to be like this. But now gun owners don’t make up a small proportion; 40+% of U.S. households own at least one gun. Americans constitute 4% of the world’s population and 44% of the world’s civilian-owned guns. And, oh, Debra, that’s a sad concluding sentence you’ve written.

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  7. heimdalco says:

    I have spent most of today writing a blog entry of my own about the awful events in Uvalde, TX. I just published it, checked my email & found your blog entry with so much of what I said in my own. I try to keep my blog apolitical, upbeat, & funny but over the past several years as a citizen in America I seem to have lost a good bit of my sense of humor. I can’t watch television any more without crying. I so appreciated your sentiment and that of the blogger, Paul. It is all true. I tried to approach my own blog entry today from my personal standpoint … as an American that weeps daily for my country and cannot endure another child or person shot so unnecessarily & avoidably. I have no respect for half of the politicians in my country, don’t trust them & am embarrassed by them. I apologize FOR them. I think that we, as bloggers who reach out to & do reach a large number of people are doing the right thing to keep the awfulness in America out in front and do NOT let these events be forgotten. We share a bond …

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      You don’t need to apologize for those politicians, Linda. Goodness. Somehow, as you say, these poisonous aspects that have infected a great country have to be “cured” without forgetting to celebrate the many, many positive aspects of the U.S.

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  8. margiran says:

    It’s impossible for me to add anything new to your post and the comments Jane – my heart bleeds for America’s victims. Seems more pertinent as we are currently holidaying in America.! When home I intend to read the blogs you recommend – thank you.

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      You’re certainly holidaying in America at an “interesting” inflection point! Our hearts need to bleed for America as well as the victims. If they don’t resolve to choose leadership that supports lives over the NEA and its obscene amounts of money, then they’ll only have themselves to answer to. Three mass shootings in 10 days.

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  9. debscarey says:

    Watching the news unfold from the safety of the UK, I completely get the writers who wrote about the fact that it’s become almost mundane & everyday to hear such appalling facts, that they simply go on with their lives as planned. That their reactions have become blunted because of the regularity of these happenings. It’s inconceivable and yet completely understandable. I can add nothing to the eloquence you have gathered.

    PS: sorry to hear you’re having hip/leg issues. Are you coming out in sympathy with your husband?

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      Re the so-called “gun culture” in the U.S., I don’t think anyone outside their borders can fathom it. Re my patient, Lol. Yes, we do seem to go back and forth with these age-oriented realities.

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  10. OmniRunner says:

    Let me chime in as an American here.
    What is going on here is utterly disgusting.
    Now that there is virtually no limit to how much money that can be contributed to a politician, PAC or some other lobbying group, most of our politicians are beholden to some corporate or cultural interest.
    Not enough average Americans will or can donate even $10 to keep a politician from needing corporate money.
    When they removed the limits on donations they set this monster free.
    We can’t get logical gun laws due to the gun lobby. We wont allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices because of the pharma lobby.
    It just goes on and on.
    I grew up with guns in my house and went target shooting and hunting with my dad.
    3 guns and no AR-15s, UZis or M-16s in the closet. Oh, and no 9mm hand guns.
    I work with people who have recently caught the gun fetish and it is a bit scary and pathetic.
    One friend started collecting guns about a year ago and has at least 10.
    To me, that is a gun nut.
    He has all of these “competition” weapons but I’ve never even heard him talk about skeet shooting.
    During the Winter Olympics I never miss a chance to ask these guys is they saw the Biathalon competition last night. Never, not once have they said yes.
    To me that makes them gun nuts and not gun enthusiast.
    I love watching the biathalons as I can neither xc ski or shoot strait.
    As a runner I watch many of the running events during the Olympics and have even watched college track meets and of course the London and Tokyo marathon.
    But my gun loving buddies have no interest in sport shooting or hunting. The only legit reasons to own guns.
    If you are a hunter and come across another hunter in the woods with an AR-15 type weapon, get the hell out of there. You don’t shoot a deer with 15 or 100 bullets. A real hunter drops a deer with a single shot.
    That jackass with the AR-15 has no business in the woods or in public. And when he empties his magazine at some poor animal, just hope you are not also in that general direction as those high velocity rounds will travel further through the woods that a 30-30 or shotgun will.
    As far as these no questions asked or no need for a permit at all for concealed carry- are we F-ing nuts?
    No controls at all on who can carry a gun? There are plenty of legit crazy and angry people out there and now a police chief can’t use his good judgement?
    It isn’t going to get better here for a long time.

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      Thanks for sharing these observations, as unsettling as they are. You’re providing first hand experience as to America’s reality. So very far removed from the intention of the writers of the Constitution. I’m struggling between choosing to say how sad this is or how frightening it is. Both are true, but frightening is more relevant. How did common sense and concern for the common good go so far astray in a few decades? I guess it boils down to “follow the money”. 😥

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