I have a draft sitting in my WordPress folder that I started 24 hours ago. It’s what I hope will be a comical look at vitamin consumption. However, all yesterday afternoon and evening, and now in the light of a new day, my brain is unable to produce anything remotely creative. Or at least what regularly substitutes for creativity on this blog anyway. I’ll just have to try again tomorrow.
Once again we are witness to an absolutely senseless tragedy of unspeakable horror. The shooting deaths of innocent people inside a black church in South Carolina is again emblematic of a society that is in deep denial about race, hatred, and its sacred guns. I am grieving for the families of nine innocent people who were simply taking part in a weekly prayer group. For a more forceful take on this, I recommend Judge Kopf’s blog at Hercules and the Umpire (warning: vulgar language used). The good judge puts it in a way I feel also.
We’ve seen this act played out before too many times already. The NRA will stay silent with a calculated “respect” for the families of those who were killed, and then within a week it will use its full force to squash any attempt by a legislative body to write meaningful gun control legislation. Those who reject that racism is pervasive in this country will point instead to a deranged and psychopathic individual who long ago should have been locked up. They will quickly spin the argument to one of law and order. Cable news channels will fill their shows with talking heads who will explain all of this to us.
And the band played on.