Grim Satisfaction

An actual debate I had on Facebook in response to this video:

Just in case you thought there wasn't any humor in the debate about gun violence...
Just in case you thought there wasn’t any humor in the debate about gun violence…

And, just in case you needed another reason to boycott Walmart:

How Walmart Helped Make the Newtown Shooter’s AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America

Walmart is now the single greatest seller of guns in the U.S., including the type of semi-automatic assault weapons used in several recent mass shootings: AR-15s.

When Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, inexplicably bent on ending as many lives as possible, he was carrying a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle and several high-capacity magazines. Sadly, this isn’t the first time the country has had to deal with the aftermath of a horrific shooting spree, nor is it the first time we’ve encountered an AR-15 in this context: only days earlier, it was the weapon of choice for a shooting at an Oregon mall that killed two people. Five months earlier, it was used by James Holmes in an attack that wounded fifty-eight people and killed twelve in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. And several years before that, a man and his teenage accomplice used a Bushmaster AR-15 to terrorize the Washington, DC, area with a series of random shootings.

Easy access to guns in Walmart stores creates an on-site hazard: “Since the start of 2012, there have been at least fifty shootings in a Walmart store or parking lot, incidents tracked on a blog called Walmart Shootings (walmartshootings.blogspot.com).”

Now, I’ll admit the Walmart Shootings blog isn’t nearly as funny as The People of Walmart, but they both represent the race to the bottom we’ve been engaged in: a culture where everything is expendable, including our people.

I’ve had it with cheap junk, and I’ve had it with cheap, junky thinking about social issues.

How about you?

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10 thoughts on “Grim Satisfaction

  1. I hate getting into debates about things like this – you can’t debate someone who shuns logic and reason and relies solely on misguided emotion. I’m not against guns -I know plenty of people who use them for hunting, and keep them locked up responsibly the rest of the time. But there are so many people (and some of them litter my facebook feed) who get so worked up about guns. Just because it is a “right” to “bare arms”… your response to that made me chuckle… doesn’t mean it is a requirement that people bear arms.

    1. Thanks…. I NEVER get into Facebook debates like that, but I just couldn’t resist it this time. I was so worked up over Sandy Hook. I know for a fact that this person’s husband almost shot his brother when they were kids, because they kept a gun in the house for hunting. He aimed it at his brother and his friend as a threat, and had just tipped it down toward the floor when it went off. It was a really close call.
      There has to be some middle ground on this issue: getting rid of assault weapons seems like a reasonable thing to me.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I don’t like anything about Walmart, including their selling of guns. I think 80% of their employees are on food stamps. Then, of course, the owners (the four kids) are the richest people in America. What’s wrong with this picture? And, that lady has twisted logic. And, she can’t spell!

  3. Indeed, thank you. I’ve been boycotting Walmart pretty much since the day my resident alien foot touched the ground.
    The paranoia that reeks through your facebook conversation is stunning every time. I mean, the enemy is pretty much within, and the enemy abroad is also “homemade” and is most likely not allowed to board a plane to anywhere but some “interrogation” site.
    The US (to me, and I’m sorry) when represented by people like [him] (I’ll just assume it was a guy) is like the class bully that doesn’t understand why people don’t like him.

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