Congress, Mass Shootings, Insanity

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
-Albert Einstein

In the United States of America, there is a mass shooting almost on a daily basis. Or so it seems. These mass shootings are so common that news of them are no longer shocking, they have become commonplace and life goes on. That is a very sad statement because for those directly impacted and or affected by these senseless killings life is never the same. Every time one of these horrific incidents occurs, politicians hold press conferences and make speeches about how horrible these murders are. Yet, nothing changes.

Columbine Shooting
It’s been 30 years since the Columbin mass shooting tragedy. But nothing has changed. Mass shootings are now common in America.

Ever since that first horrible mass murder scene on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, politicians have pounded their chest before the cameras talking strong and condemning this behavior. It’s been thirty (30) years since Columbine yet these mass shootings continue. Two weeks ago an incredibly warped thinking, total ass hole of a federal judge, reversed the assault weapon ban. He, and his insane like-minded folks, find ways to rationalize the need and use of these assault weapons. There really is no logical justification for these weapons outside of the military and perhaps law enforcement (and even for them this is questionable). Assault weapons have no practical use in the hands of civilians. They can not be used for hunting, and unless your home is invaded by an enemy army they serve no use in self-defense. These assault weapons in the hands of civilians have only one purpose- to do damage.

Mass Shooting In Austin, Texas 6th Street Entertainment District Sees 13 People Injured

These were today’s headlines as we awoke to the horrible news of yet another senseless mass shooting.

Another Saturday night in America.
Another Saturday night in America.

Can anyone name a time when these assault weapons served a positive purpose in the hands of any civilian?

Many of the assholes that stormed the capital on January 6, 2021, are second amendment fanatics, those that believe in the right to bear assault weapons.

Some of these assholes are so-called Second Amendment defenders.

I wish there was at least one politician that stood up for common sense, that dared to fight for the rights of the rest of us. Those fanatics continue to cite the second amendment as if the language of that amendment makes sense today in 2021. That amendment was drafted at a time when this nation still feared invasion from the “Red Coats”; when it made sense for local communities to form militias to protect themselves. Today any such militia group would be considered vigilantes and as such a terrorist group. That amendment, the second amendment, was adopted in 1791, and by the way that was 230 years ago, is antiquated and no longer needed. What was necessary back then, 1791, for the protection of the citizenry from “a tyrannical government,” because three years prior America fought hard to break ties with the English Crown to form a more “perfect union”, and when there were still citizen’s that remained loyal to said crown.

Today, 244 years later, there is no threat that the English try to once again recapture America. The United States of America has proven itself to the world as the one true World Power. Not even the September 11, 2001 attacks posed a real threat to our democracy. In fact, those terrorist attacks galvanized the nation and made us stronger and to ward off any attacks. Since that fateful day, 9/11, the only terror attacks we have had to fight against have been from domestic terrorists. We are our own worst enemy.

Attacks at schools, nightclubs, houses of worship, and political rallies. All at the hands of American citizens. All by white perpetrators. The police kill innocent black people, especially young black men, all the while professing that they felt as if their life was in danger.

Stringent, common-sense gun laws and the banning of assault weapons are one way to begin to curb these deadly attacks. But that is not going to happen anytime soon. The NRA is still a very powerful and rich lobby. And because of the current White Supremiscist atmosphere, aka Trumpism, currently sweeping across the nation we can not expect an American hero, er politician, to emerge. Instead, we have looney tune characters elected to Congress, to wit, Marjorie Taylor Greene, grabbing all the headlines. And with spineless wimps like Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell nursing on Donald Trump’s teat, we can expect nothing good to come out of this Congress.  Sadly, it appears that the Democrat’s bark is loud but their bite has no teeth. While they, the Democrats, have the power, even if only by a very slim margin, the Republicans are still the ones calling the shots, or so it appears.