The latest gun-fuelled, mind-numbing horror in Isla Vista, wherein a deranged young man massacred six innocent people, is now gruesomely what Michael Moore calls "part of normal American life." The most searing presence of the carnage fallout has to be the raw and furious Richard Martinez, father of 20-year-old victim Christopher Martinez. At an anguished press conference, he called out "craven irresponsible politicians and the NRA" before asking the only question that needs to be asked: "When will this insanity stop?" Chris, both of whose parents are lawyers, was an only child.
"We are a nation founded in violence, grew our borders through violence, and allow men in power to use violence around the world to further our so-called American (corporate) "interests." The gun, not the eagle, is our true national symbol." - Moore
Update: From a new fringe blog attracting this sort of thing, Joe the Plumber to the families of the victims: "Your dead kids don't trump my Constitutional Rights." What, one has to wonder, will become of us?