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Having a Bad Day

We’ve had two mass shootings in less than a week. In the first one, a white man shot up three different spas around Atlanta, where 6 of the 8 people killed were of Asian descent. The local police spokesman said the shooter was “having a bad day”. In the second one, a man with a Muslim name and a history of psychological problems killed 10 people in a grocery store, and Tucker Carlson said “The left, mainstream media turn Boulder shooting into yet another racial powder keg.” Silly me, I thought that police killings of minorities, increasing voter suppression, and, you know, an invasion of the US Capitol to keep Trump in power were the racial powder kegs. These two shooters were just crazy, and should never have been allowed to own a gun.

© Matt Bors

The only thing that is certain is that we won’t get stronger background checks on people trying to purchase guns. We may need a license to drive a car, but not to buy a gun.

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4 Comments

  1. Lewtoo wrote:

    GOP answer to any gun violence is more guns

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 5:13 am | Permalink
  2. Dan wrote:

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,” Why is it we ALWAYS ignore the first line and the third word in the 2nd Amendment?

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 12:14 pm | Permalink
  3. Lewtoo wrote:

    Dan thank you- I’ve often brought that and been ignored. Apparently there is a alternate definition of “well regulated”.

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:09 pm | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    Good point. We have all kinds of rights, but there are always limits. We have freedom of speech, but we cannot libel or slander someone, nor can we yell “fire” in a crowded theater.

    Why is the Second Amendment impervious to any regulation at all?

    Don’t get me wrong. We can’t change the constitution with a law, you have to use an amendment. So we can’t just arbitrarily take away everyone’s guns. But we certainly should be able to require background checks, or even a license (and that could require taking a test, like we do for driver’s licenses).

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

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