The Real NRA: Making a Killing
|Get used to living in a nation in ruins|
Recently, I was personally honored by Mr. Greenwald and his organization with an advanced copy of his as yet unreleased film, "Making a Killing"....
Nothing is going to change as far as the carnage being inflicted on the American people is concerned. There will still be mountains of broken bodies and rivers of blood. Our lawmakers have been purchased by a domestic terror organization. This is the way it's going to be from now on. Get used to it. Deal with it. Adjust. Nothing is going to change. Nothing....
Did I say "nothing"? Let me rephrase that:
Given the availability of these weapons in America, a horrible epidemic of political assassinations is not at all beyond the realm of the possible. What do you think would happen if more-than-a-few choice members of both houses of congress were taken out willy nilly? OH, BROTHER! It makes my head spin and my ribs tickle to think how quickly this peculiar "American problem" would disappear. We're talkin' overnight, folks. Can you imagine? Of course, there are so many of these people-killing machines out there due to years of the insane, NRA-sponsored laws currently on the books, that it would take at least a decade for any tangible results to be noticed. Still, the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, ay?
And while we're on the topic, a few high-powered shotgun shells, blasted in the general direction of Wayne LaPierre (just for shits and giggles, mind you) might also send these corrupt bastards and bitches in Washington a dandy message, don'cha think? I think it would. I really do!
Disclaimer: Of course, advocating such terrible behavior would not only be irresponsible on my part, it would be completely evil. And besides, murder and mayhem have never really been my shtick. It's not yours either, I'm sure....I hope.
Still, I do hope old Wayne is smart enough to keep a bullet-proof vest handy - even while he sleeps. Just a thought.
Now for the good news....I'm sorry, but there is no good news. That was a shameful attempt to make you read on by giving you something to look forward to. There's nothing to look forward to. Forgive me for misleading you.
One point that is made in Making a Killing is that black people are twice as likely to be the victims of gun violence than their white counterparts. That probably is the key to the indifference on the part of so many white Americans - not enough of their little darlings are being slaughtered. Here's a little stipend you can take to the bank: As time goes by, and more bodies begin to pile up high, that indifference is going to disappear. You'd better believe it.
I've already had two female cousins shot and killed by men who were stalking them. I've had more acquaintances then I can count who died by the gun - whether by suicide or murder. If it hasn't already effected your lives, it will. Mark my words: it will. The trillion-pound shit-hammer is only in the process of falling; it hasn't found its mark yet. You think the situation is completely fucked now? This is nothing compared to what is coming. In a decade from now, the carnage of these times will seem tranquil by comparison. Remember you read it here, boys and girls.
This is not "the land of the free". If you are under the delusion that, as an American, you are freer than a citizen of, say, Norway or Ireland or France or England or the Netherlands, you might just as well go back to sleep. We live in a constant state of paranoia and despair, wondering when and where the next massacre of innocents will take place - as it surely will, and very soon. Call it what you will, just don't call it "freedom". Don't insult my intelligence, okay? We've been bought and sold to the lowest bidder. Stop kidding yourselves. Just deal with this American wasteland as best you can.
TIMELY TIP: Vodka helps. Lots 'n' lots of vodka.
Half of this country is smart enough to understand that they have been sold down the river by their elected "representatives", and the other half are too utterly stupid to comprehend what has happened to them. Does that statement sound a bit extreme for your tastes? Take a gander at the presumptive Republican nominee. 'Nuff said?
Here are just a few of the many fun facts from Making a Killing. There will be a quiz at the end of this piece, so pay close attention:
Forty-eight percent fewer police officers are shot and killed in states with mandatory background checks.
Guns accidentally kill children in the U.S. ten times more often than any other developed country on the planet.
1.7 million kids in the USA live in homes with loaded and unlocked guns.
A child has been shot to death every-other-day since the Sandy Hook mass-shooting on December 14, 2012.
Between the years 2001 and 2010, more Americans living in Chicago died from gun violence than in the war in Afghanistan.
Over eighty Americans are shot and killed every day.
Gun violence costs this doomed country $229 billion every year.
There is no purchase limit for buying guns and ammunition in most states.
Fifty-five Americans commit suicide with a firearm every day.
States with waiting periods average fifty-one percent fewer suicides by gun every year.
There were 330 mass killings in the United states last year.
There are approximately one-hundred thousand gun deaths in this country every three years.
|Victims in all colors - mostly black|
I have been authorized by the the nice folks at Brave New Films to have public screenings of this important new documentary. But I'm not the only one so honored: Anybody may order a free copy for this very purpose. Here's all the proof you need that Robert Greenwald and friends are not in it for the money. My only problem is that I can't seem to find a place big enough that will allow me to show it (Any volunteers in my area would be greatly appreciated). If you happen to live within driving or walking distance of me (Goshen, NY is sixty miles north of Manhattan) give me a shout and I'll be happy to set up a personal viewing for you in my house. If transportation is an issue, call me and I'll come pick you up and drive you home. Talk about service!
And remember, kids: The National Rifle Association wants you dead. Have a lovely day!
And God bless you, Mr. Greenwald.
Here is a link to watch the trailer for Making a Killing on YouTube:
You can sign up to receive a free copy to show in your community as well. This is a film that must be seen. We'll leave it at that.
Massacre in New Town
I wrote this one nearly four years ago, on the morning after twenty little boys and girls - and the six women whose job it was to protect and to educate them - were slaughtered like diseased pigs inside of a Connecticut schoolhouse. At that moment I predicted that not a goddamned thing would change. Not a goddamned thing has. Prescient on my part? Do perish the thought, dear reader! In fact it was the easiest call I ever made.
Are you ashamed of your country yet?
This was written last August 27, when broadcast journalist, Alison Parker, and camera technician, Adam Ward, were shot and killed on live television while delivering a report from a shopping mall in Roanoke, Virginia:
Too dreadful for words.
|Alison Parker at the moment she was murdered|