Another mass shooting and the all too predictable aftermath. At times I wonder if Satan sets these lunatics off and then sits back and gleefully munches popcorn while we tear at each other like starved wolves.
One would have to have a heart of stone not to be touched by watching the grief stricken father of Christopher Martinez, but he's mostly wrong here:
"Why did Chris die?" he screamed. "Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris' right to live?"
Chris died because a lunatic shot him, but also because the politics of gun control didn't give the lunatic's family, doctors, and law enforcement the tools that might have stopped him, even though they came heart-breakingly close. However, it's not fair to just blame the politicians, because we the people are the ones who are deeply polarized and kind of stuck on stupid here. Our politicians simply reflect that.
I've watched that lunatic's last video and I've read the tail end of his "manifesto" that details his grotesque plans. He was one very sick but determined individual, one who was going to go on a rampage one way or another.
Now, we always seem to assume that if some crazy person was denied access to guns he will simply choose a less deadly method to carry out his plot. Not this guy, he would have gone bigger. I can't prove it, but read what I did if you have the stomach and tell me if you think I'm wrong.
This is an important point that is getting lost in all of the screaming about gun control, but that's what always happens after mass shootings. The gun grabbers hijack the conversation and start screaming about the NRA. The gun rights crowd screams back with arguments that are, sadly, becoming less and less paranoid. And a significant chunk of the public screams "DO SOMETHING," even if they don't know what "SOMETHING" is or if it will make a difference, before they quickly slip back into their normal self-obsessed stupor. The end result is a lot screaming and little or no lessons learned, and consequently no truly effective policies.
Sorry to be so cynical, but that's what is happening again. And it's the reason, in part, that Chris Martinez is dead.