Parched land no desert sand, sun was just a dot,
And a little bit of water goes a long way, ’cause it’s hot.
Three good buddies were laughing and smoking in the back
Of a rented Ford.
They couldn’t know they weren’t going far.
from Then Came the Last Days of May by Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser
Though the school year ends and vacations soon begin we are forced to forget our dreams for the lazy days of summer and face the ugly reality of gun violence in America.
This time ten died and at least 10 others were injured.
Already the social media trolls have tried to spin the narrative. The shooter was white supremacist. No, he was Antifa. Guns are the problem and we need to get rid of them. No, what we need are more of them. Oh, and the kids are crisis actors. I mean, are there really that many dumbasses in America? Apparently so.
Once more I feel this inferno of gut-wrenching pain and fiery anger. My heart aches for the injured and for the families of the dead while simultaneously I rage at the fact that nothing has changed since Parkland, since Las Vegas, since Sandy Hook.
Again politicians offer thoughts and prayers. Again they promise to do something to stop this from happening. Ironically the same politicians vowing action today just 2 weeks ago assured the NRA their top priority was protecting gun rights. I find it bitter irony that today’s shooter stepped all over Trump’s attempt to move the public’s attention from guns to abortion.
We cannot depend on our elected officials to do anything about common sense gun legislation. Hell, my Congressman thinks rocks are causing sea-level rise. Can he actually be expected to think sensibly about anything?
As per usual, it’s up to us, pardner. Are you going to be one of the rabid armchair quarterbacks posting to social media from the safety of your home, or are you going to get up off your ass and take some action?
I am donating to candidates who refuse to accept donations from the NRA. Some candidates are seeking designation as a Gun Sense candidate by Moms Demand Action. I have signed on to work with groups who promote sensible gun legislation. I’ve volunteered to phone bank for gun sense candidates. In the process of taking action I’ve met some new, like-minded people, and I feel like I’m making a difference.