This is an illness in our country more virulent than the coronavirus which is killing our citizens. The unregulated, fetishized gun culture, the very symbol to many as the essence of freedom.
Oh, how Americans cherish their freedoms.
Under the guise of freedom of choice, this pathology has resulted in yet another mass shooting in two days this one in a supermarket. Long a showcase for the American way of life, supermarkets are a symbol of freedom of choice. Each shopper free to select from the thousands of dazzling array of options. But in Boulder, it has become yet another killing field for a mass shooter, and that sense of freedom to shop unfettered has been snatched from all of us.
This is what is meant now by the idea of American Exceptionalism. We are alone in the world in the prevalence of mass shootings. “Only in America” used to be said with a sense of pride…now it is said with a sense of horror and shame.
Only in America
Only in America …can you now no longer go to the market for a quart of milk without the fear of being shot. Just as you can no longer sit in a classroom without worrying you might not return home at the end of school. Or pray in a church pew, sit in a movie theatre, a synagogue, a nightclub, an office, walk through a college campus or a shopping mall without looking over your shoulder.
This pathology is a strain peculiar to America. As virulent as any pandemic. And seemingly more difficult to treat and resistant to treatment. Because the legislation is stalled. Dead on arrival by filibuster.
The only vaccine against this virulent strain of hate that is killing our people is strong gun laws.
An AR 15 has no place in the frozen food section.
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