Red is fairly numb to these events nowadays. At one point in his life, a mass shooting where 17 students and teachers were killed would be an unbelievable tragedy – shaking Red and others to the core. But these events are so commonplace now that the news cycle moves on rather quickly and Red’s ability to process exactly how deranged our society is diminished and his contempt for the vast majority of our political class is already overloaded.
Here is how it goes. First come the worthless thoughts and well-meaning prayers that will do absolutely nothing to prevent the seemingly inevitable future tragedy that will destroy more lives. Then the calls for action that will be unheard. Then the tired old platitudes about a “good guy with a gun” and how now is not the time . . . Then the calls for legislation that go nowhere. Then the claims of political opportunism. Then slow fade to black – until the next time. Rinse and repeat. Always repeat.
Please spare Red from more demagoguery about your precious rights. He grew up in the shadow of the worst mass shooting (up to that point) in U.S. history. The 1966 UT Tower massacre now pales in comparison to what occurs on a monthly basis all across the U.S. How many would have died that hot August day if there had been easy access to a semi-automatic with a bump stock. If you think owning an AR-15 so that you can have fun shooting on the range is more important than the lives of 17 students and teachers in Florida then you should get in your car, drive to Florida and have the courage to face those families and say “So sorry about your child, but you see shooting one of these weapons is just so much damn fun, that it would be horrible to have that right taken away from me. Again, too bad about your dead kid. Thoughts and prayers, y’all!”
And spare Red the empty words from the White House about being there for the victims and their families. You are not there. You will not be there. You will not propose legislation. You will not tighten controls. You will not provide for more mental health services. You will not support background checks. You will not support a ban on automatic weapons. You will pander to your base. You will run scared from the NRA. You will claim a righteous defense of the Second Amendment. You will do nothing because when it comes right down to it you are a cowardly bully.
Red has to go vomit now.