Since the mass murder in Aurora, Colorado a few weeks ago, and the mass murder in Oak Creek, Wisconsin right after that, I have tried to write something. But words fail me.
The barbarity and insanity of the shooters? Nothing to be said there.
The fact that both shooters had free access to military-style weapons and ammo (not to mention bullet-proof garb)? Well, kids, you’re living in a guns-are-great society. We are told by the NRA that this is actually an argument for less gun control, as this wouldn’t have happened if everyone in that Aurora theater had been armed. (Actually, I visualize it being much worse, since – even if the other people in the theater had been armed – they wouldn’t have been wearing Kevlar, as the shooter was. Imagine what would have happened if a gunfight had broken out! How many more would have died?)
(Did you note that there was an odd incident recently? A guy was found toting guns, etc.. into a theater. He said he was trying to defend himself against Aurora-style shooters. Who was to say he wasn’t an Aurora-style shooter himself? Are you going to start wondering, every time you go to the movies, if the guy/girl next to you is packing heat?)
I despair of the gun-tolerant USA. Evidently it’s okay to have a basement full of military-style armamentaria, because the Bill of Rights (written in the enlightened 1780s, before semi-automatic weapons) says it’s fine. Great. Enjoy the hell you’ve made for yourselves, you stupid gun freaks.
And then there’s the imbecility of the Oak Creek incident: the shooter thought (idiotically) that anyone wearing a turban was The Enemy, and found a local (and completely inoffensive) Sikh temple with lots of turban-wearing men, and shot it up during a worship service.
Despair, despair, despair.
Then I read this: “His community under attack, Sikh Temple of Wisconsin president Satwant Singh Kaleka fought back with all his strength and a simple butter knife, trying to stab a murderous gunman before taking two fatal gunshots to the leg.”
Sikh men carry a ceremonial dagger. Satwant Singh Kaleka carried a butter knife. He used his butter knife to defend – and ultimately save – his own mother, and succeeded.
Gun nuts of America: please scrutinize the image at the top of this blog carefully. It’s a picture of a dark-skinned bearded man wearing a turban.
It is a picture of a real American hero.
Now, you filthy primates, scurry back into your rat-infested dens and grease up your Glocks and chatter about the Second Amendment.