It has been four years since 17 people were slaughtered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and America has done exceedingly damn little to prevent school shootings from that day to this one. In a statement, President Joe Biden again suggested Congress to require universal background checks for handgun marketings, ban assault artilleries, and deprive handgun makes from the special exemption to suits that Congress itself fabricated for them. Each of these will be a ponderous hoist, and there are two reasons for that.
The first is that our lawmakers are cowards when it is necessary to handguns. They are not cowards about batch of other things, like the inherent rights of Wall street to disembowel the world economy now and then, or the rights of oil companies to do perfectly anything to American taxpayers while money those taxpayers for doing it. But when it comes to curtailing the “right” of Americans to buy and use artilleries capable of killing dozens or hundreds–if any imparted American believes the day has come when they need to do it–politicians still tremble in horror at what the crumbling grift plant of the National Rifle Association( NRA) might do to them for having shared sense. The Supreme Court has likewise decided to bend to the most-extremist interpretations of terms a quarter-millennium old-fashioned, and the Americans most animated in their insistence that they, in particular, be allowed to stockpile enough armament to mount a theoretically( but not really) conceivable dissent against our democratic institutions have only gotten more and more specific in mean out what current inequalities might justify such terrorism.
The second reason is that most people of the United Mood do not care about American children, are tired of pretending they be concerned about American children, and are increasingly shrill in declaring that anyone who does hold a damn about American children is a socialist–if not an outright Marxist. The current moment has fairly of a record behind it to be sure this is not a fluke. The slaughters at Sandy Hook Elementary School resulted in no substantial action–but a bonu of opinion as to what backpacks children should wear, what hiding places they should choose, and how they should attempt to fight back if and when a mass crap-shooter came to their school as well.
There was little chance that the mass murder of high school students would result in more substantive act, and definitely, much of the “discourse” from the political and punditry years were lean towards instilling rage that our schools were still not “hardened” enough, as targets. Not enough metal detectors , not enough fencing , not sufficient cameras, and too few forearmed guards.
Perhaps community volunteers could shoulder onslaught rifles and patrol institution boundaries, went one proposition. Perhaps educators themselves should be forced to carry guns in their classrooms, became another. Again, though, the central premise remains: Whenever Americans face a conflict between their “right” to be armed and the “rights” of “their childrens”, they have chosen their firearms. Every. Single. Time.
But it’s the pandemic that has perhaps best exposed how much contempt the bulk of the American public has for anything even vaguely resembling safety for its children. A unusually, very large chunk of the debate has once again revolved not around how to best hinder our own children safe from a deadly threat, but on the left-wing courage of suggestions that we might.
Children are less likely to die of the disease, so what’s the extent of protecting them?
Teachers are disposable and primarily valueless, so why are we as a society even accepting their own pandemic disabilities? Surely those coaches are just trying to trick us into providing marginally better conditions?
It is simply taken as a uttered, during a deadly pandemic, that a certain percentage of children and those around them will die. And them’s the transgress. Even the notion of wearing concealments, the most basic of safety measures, is considered to be an absolute travesty by parents who are far more concerned about the supposedly political implications of taking action than they are about whether “their childrens” get infected.
This, extremely, fits with American parental behaviours we are now terribly acquainted to. The American approach to childrearing remains centered not on aid, but on power.
Whether a child has enough to eat is seen as secondary to the societal right to repudiate their parents nutrient if those mothers are deemed too lazy to deserve it.
Whether a child learns or does not learn is of secondary importance to the right of mothers to embed specific doctrines of bigotry or zealotry–leading to fierce declarations when mothers who have not so much as cracked open their child’s algebra textbooks or learnt their teachers’ faces are told by media anatomies that their children are being exposed to diaries by Black Americans, or diaries that suggest LGBTQ students shall not be required to be, in fact, treat themselves as damaged and sinful goods.
It is not that America can’t keep its children from dying in schools. America has went on to remarkable lengths got to make sure children retain dying in schools at whatever pace will best support adult pastimes, pleasures, and culture battles. If there comes a daytime when some high-profile blowhard decides that fire extinguishers in schools are socialism, mothers across the country will begin demanding that they be stripped out and sold for scrap metal.
American class will be kill zones, places where our children are learnt what sorts of furniture are the best for disguise behind, the locations where children have teaches to learn them how to hide calmly even in crisis situations where their every impulse is to cry out, residences with procured perimeters and regular lockdowns when gunshots are heard nearby, until national societies appreciates the “right” to kill our neighbors as of less consequence than the “right” of neighbours not to be killed.
If that tones stern? Good. It should. It is a loathsome pick to have represented, and we are all complicit in allowing it to fester instead of treating those who involved those trade-offs as declines and pariahs.
One of the father-activists who has formed his presence most known after the deaths among his daughter is Fred Guttenberg, who today wrote a long thread on his affliction. Another father, Manuel Oliver, hung a placard from a construction crane to request America respond to its crisis. While politicians bluster with their newest pre-planned hoaxes, this time insisting that the real danger to American children comes from the hundreds of books in libraries that threatens to expose them to crimethink, they evade and knit and cower from anyone who queries them to keep children from being murdered even though they are that action might enrage the sort of people who collect shoots solely as tools of assassination.
What a rotten commemoration. What a sad and burst culture.
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