is so smart:
. . . We aren't shocked anymore when children are killed. It's become a normal part of American life. The taboo has shifted from horror at the shootings to horror at talking about shooting. This is called "politicizing tragedy" as if these mass murders are an act of nature rather than an act of human evil or madness (or both) enabled by easy access to the tools of mass murder.
But let's not go there. We will mourn the casualties the way we mourn the deaths of those in hurricanes and tornadoes. Gun violence is now a "natural" event in America, as unpredictable as the weather, and there's nothing we can do about it except gather together in the aftermath to help the victims. Indeed, the only enduring threat these events foretell is from those who would question a culture that deifies the gun as if it were a religious symbol rather than a lethal weapon.
When are we going to pull the curtain and expose the NRA for the gun and bullet manufacturer/dealer marketing ploy it is? I'm like Digby -- the question used to be 'how many have to die before . . ." but it is becoming increasingly clear that we'll never reach that magic number. We have to collectively say "enough is enough."