Thursday, January 13, 2011

The United States of Violence, Murder and Mayhem

I'm really sick to death of seeing makeshift memorials to victims of violence, particularly gun violence, on national television. 

I'm sick of people like Sarah Palin, and other right wing tea party twits posting politician's faces on their websites in the cross hairs of a deer rifle. 

I'm sick of stupid Hollywood movies that glamorize violence, death, horror and gore, and I'm especially sick of the ignorant Americans who pay good money to go see these stupid, plot less movies, whose biggest budget expense seems to be fake blood.

I'm sick of the NRA and their constant message that to bear arms is our RIGHT.  I have a right to live a peaceful life, but no one takes it seriously, because I refuse to arm myself to insure that I get the right to live a peaceful life.

I'm sick of America being involved in wars that can't be won because the whole purpose for going to war was ludicrous in the first place.  These wars only drag on and on and on while supporting the military/industrial complex and our economy.  I'm sick of America as the Warmonger.

In short, I am sick to death of America, Americans, violence,  ignorance, Hollywood, and makeshift memorials to the dead.  If we don't get a clue soon, America is going to be a makeshift memorial.  That seems to be our karma.

More than a million people have been killed with guns in the United States since 1968.  More than 151,000 Americans have been murdered since the beginning of the 21st century.  Does anyone even notice the horror of this statistic?  As Bob Herbert said in The New York Times, "Homicide is white noise in this society".

Mr. Herbert goes on to say:

"The overwhelming majority of the people who claim to be so outraged by last weekend's shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others, six of them fatally, will take absolutely NO steps, none whatsoever, to prevent a similar tragedy in the future."

America needs gun control.  We don't need the police to be given the authority by the Supreme Court to bust down doors if they smell marijuana.  Everyone knows marijuana users can't remember where they put their bullets, if they even own a gun. 

America needs to end the violence and Americans need to demand that it end, through gun control.  We may have the constitutional right to bear arms, but I don't think the violence every American is exposed to everyday is what our forefather's actually had in mind. 

We are a nation of hardened criminals, ourselves, if we don't see the horror in the gun violence and murder rate.  The intergalactic constable claims we're all responsible.  And we are.  And sometime, we're all going to have to pay the price for our apathy.

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