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December 14, 2012


Children die, almost every day, inside and outside the U.S., because of that inviolate god we call "policy."

And yet, if we suggest that "policy" is another name for institutional insanity, we're derided as the real extremists. If we rail against the notion that protecting fetuses only to abandon them after they're born is completely crazy, we're godless commies. If we point out that the right wing and the NRA, in pursuit of profits for its benefactors, have perverted the value of guns in society and shredded the meaning of the Second Amendment, we're attacked by the black helicopter crowd as NWO pawns. When any sympathy is shown for the children administratively described as "collateral damage," it is immediately attacked as treason, as giving aid and comfort to terrorists.

It's no wonder that sane people feel isolated and alone in this country. They're ostracized, as a matter of policy.

Welcome to Republican heaven. Guns galore and teachers shot dead.

so, can we talk about gun control NOW?

How about ammunition control? A petition: http://wh.gov/Rd7X

Beautifully put A.

My words (ie not trying to restate a premise you may not have) to add to this and the other comments:

THE issue is not gun control, neither is THE issue the fetishizing the 2nd amendment, central though both those issues are to this tragedy.

I believe THE issue is what you close with, or to extend it, there is, functionally, no we, the people. We haven't been in anything together anytime in recent modern history, not even 9/12/11, not in a publicly coalesced, publicly unified, 'let's do this" response. It doesn't seem to be in us anymore to be together, not as a people. Not all of us, not you me, and your NRA-quoting uncle, and your sister that talks to baby Jesus, and his trustafarian nephew, and her aging hippy father, and their Tea Party parents, and their lesbian daughter in law, etc etc etc.

We don't know how to do that. We don't want to do that. The only WE we know or want is the one that seems safe, that seems understandable, the one with the goals in which we are in total agreement with, or at least can "live with."

Not to say we don't have the potential, or couldn't be convinced, to do it. But it's not our first impulse, and there's not a single public institution we trust we can turn to for help with this.

You know the WE I want to work with on this, the WE I trust to start to figure this (and by extension all our other most intractable issues? It's the WE that happens when the US sits down, scared shitless, without a clue, across the table from the THEM, and says, "I don't have a fucking clue where we go now but we can't keep doing what we've been doing. What do you think? How do we do this?"

In other words, the "what do we have on the spacecraft that's good?" approach. Which seems crazy to some of you, I know, but tell me, what's sane, and likely and productive and pragmatic, about your idea?

It is time to talk about not expecting the world to be perfect.
It is time to talk about realizing evil walks among us.
It is time to talk about the nature of humanity -- a venal, greedy, thoughtless, beastly species.

It is time to talk about enforcing the laws we have -- really enforcing them, and that means funding enough inspectors for the EPA as well as enough cops to not just chase EVERY crook but CATCH every criminal.

It is time to talk about the sorry state of our national attitude toward and response in aid for the mentally ill. It is time to revisit the Reagan budget miracle that sent our mentally ill who could not care for themselves out into communities that were not able to take care of them, and started the trend that now sees insurance companies refusing mental health care or limiting it -- just like followup care for heart attacks, baby births, and surgeries -- to the minimal amount possible "to save money".

It's time to talk about the futility of demonizing inanimate objects and lionizing criminals, the screwed-up values that make the shooters in these tragedies household names while the victims are nameless innocents, the culture that says we ought to locku up potsmokers and jail kids who write on the desks, suspend children from school over asthma inhalers and epi-pens and, for God's sake, STRIP SEARCH A TEENAGE GIRL because she might have had a Tylenol pill in her underwear.

It's time to talk about it all, Athenae. It's time we all stopped screaming in fear and outrage and shutting down thought or common sense in favor of "zero tolerance" and security theatre.

9/12/01, not 9/12/11

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