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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Newtown, Connecticut massacre

Random thoughts:

Basically, just WTF.

I told the rabbi that I would not want to have to represent God after an event like this. (What kind of fucked up Supreme Being lets 20 kids be slaughtered a week before Christmas?)

Why wouldn't Nancy Lanza (the killer's mother) store her gun collection away from her troubled son?

I think we should bring some sanity to our gun policy, since what we have is barbaric. But these mass killings are much more a matter of mental health access than they are about gun control. That being said, you'd think the so-called "greatest country in the world" could figure out a way to keep assault rifles out of the hand of schizophrenics.

Great quote: "It's harder to adopt a pet in the US than it is to buy a gun."

Nic Kristof's column, "Do We Have the Courage to Stop This?" is a wonderful breath of sanity, of course.

Jezebel's column, "Fuck You, Guns" (part of a series) is great, of course.

Gawker republished a column called "I am Adam Lanza's Mother" by a woman with a violent, mentally ill 13 year old. Terrifying.

I heard an absolutely fascinating commentary over the weekend - the guy was a former official in the Bush administration (I think - wish I had noted his name) and he said that when the 2nd amendment was written, the average citizen could have the same weapon as the military (i.e., a musket) and therefore could, in theory, protect themselves from "tyranny," but now, the military has drones and nukes and chemical weapons, etc, and the average person, no matter how many guns they have, could not truly face down a "tyrant" backed by this arsenal. His point was, it's just a matter of where we draw the line - obviously we don't let citizens own their own drone, but no one considers that an affront to the 2nd amendment. Super thought-provoking.

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