The aftermath in Texas. Photo by Jay Janner/AP
In the wake of the latest All-American massacre, we hover in the usual haze of horror and fury while too many pols and pundits stupidly sputter on, trying to cover their useless blood-spattered tracks. The ever-principled Paul Ryan insists "prayer works" without doing anything else; he also takes the opportunity to trash "the secular left" for doubting it: "It’s no wonder you have so much polarization and disunity in this country when people think like that." Ryan's almost dignified compared to Texas' deranged Gov. Greg Abbott, who seeks to soothe by noting the latest number victims came nowhere close to those in the Holocaust, and talking to their families he's "inspired (their) faith in God was unwavering." All America has to do, he says, is “come together under one God to purge evil and to rely upon the love that God provides.” Besides, adds the brilliant Ainsley Earhardt of Fox and Friends, if you're going to be senselessly slaughtered by a madman with an AK-15, what better place than church? "We were saying there’s no other place we would want to go other than church," she chirped. "I feel very close to Christ when I’m there...and I know that those people are with the Lord now and experiencing eternity."
Still, the poster boy for America's "heartbreaking stupidity" on guns is, as in all things stupid, Trump. Occupying a "special podium of delusional cowardice," he proclaimed "mental health is your problem here...This isn’t a guns situation.” He went on to babble that gun control doesn't work 'cause what about Chicago and if not for that hero guy with a gun there would've been hundreds more deaths - statements, noted Andy Richter, that bore no relation to reality and entailed "puking up gun cult disinformation that protects their fucking hobby." He was not alone in calling out the bullshit. Chicago warned Trump not to take their name in vain; Rep. Ted Lieu walked out of yet another Congressional moment of silence - "I can't do this again" - saying we need not silence but action; Trump's own nominee for a top Pentagon post testified it's "insane" a civilian can own an assault rifle; and Bishops United Against Gun Violence declared "prayer is not a dodge," said pols must pass gun laws that protect our citizenry or expect to be replaced, and asked that, "In honor of our many murdered dead, elected leaders who behave as though successive episode of mass slaughter are simply the price our nation pays for freedom stop the reflexive and corrosive repetition of the phrase 'thoughts and prayers.'" Plus, this video demonstrates the good guy with a gun is a dangerous crock.
Huh, we wonder what Congress could do about all these mass murders.