I refuse to accept ‘don’t politicize this.’
It is political when cowards hide behind the 2nd Amendment and say, ‘oh, we can’t talk about gun control at a time like this!’
Now, as always, is the time.
We are addicted to guns in this culture because so many of the white men in this culture have convinced themselves that ‘other people’ (women, people of color of course) are going to take what has been ours (I know my privilege) for centuries. And these cowardly white men are armed to the teeth because the cowards at the NRA and their political cronies in DC and in every state capital make sure they can be by leaving huge loop-holes ‘for the hunters’.
And that’s what these crazy-ass mass murders are doing: hunting children. Hunting teachers. Hunting family members.
I am so angry.
Got a reprint of the History of the First Connecticut Heavy Artillery by John Taylor and Samuel Proal Hatfield from 1893 today. It is glorious. Full of reprints of field reports, pictures, graphs and charts of what cannon, gun, mortar, and other field pieces were fired and how much ammunition spent.
It ends with a directory of all members of the unit as well as all the officers’ promotions.
My Brevet Captain is a minor player in this ‘play,’ but I’m mighty proud to have this record of his contribution to his adopted country.