The American Week

Guadalupe River [Credit: Victoria Advocate]

Monday: A law is born in the House of Representatives
Tuesday: The law dies in the Senate
Wednesday: A mass shooting occurs
Thursday: The scene is taped off and sealed
Friday: Thoughts and prayers
WEEKEND!

Monday: A law is born in the House… etc.

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I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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4 Responses to The American Week

  1. I don’t know how you can keep patient and sane when multiple mass shootings are met with trite phrases like “Guns don’t kill people, bad people kill people”, and small changes in the law are voted down. It must be dispiriting to say the least.

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    • JMN says:

      t’s gratifying to get your sympathetic comment, Sue. The gulf yawning between the sides in our gun debates is indeed dispiriting. I try not to dwell on the topic in this little blog of mine, which wants to be non-political, but these chronic tragedies cut so deep. I grew up passing through Uvalde on the long trip to and from West Texas to spend summers with my grandparents. It was the last town of any size as we traveled west, and like a drop-off into the high desert ecosystem, experienced as a change in the air and the scenery. You’ve provided me an opportunity to quote again from Bret Stephens, a conservative opinion journalist for the NYTimes, who wrote on June 13: “The same conservatives telling us that we have a mental-health crisis, particularly among boys and young men, see nothing amiss with giving them almost unlimited access to weapons.” I’ve seen indications that Australia has lately taken, or is taking, substantive steps to assert control over access to deadly weapons there. I must read more about that. If only America would follow the lead of more advanced countries! Best regards to you.

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  2. Hi Jim. Yes Australia has had strict gun laws since the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, though it seems that the gun lobby is still strong and often tries to get the government to relax laws against military style arms. New Zealand has recently taken very strong action on gun ownership too after the Christchurch shootings. We can only hope sanity will eventually prevail.
    All the best. Sue

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    • JMN says:

      I didn’t realize the stricter measures there went back to 1996. Unlike here, one massacre there triggered (unfortunate pun) a substantive remedy. Our massacres simply continue from one to the next. I did stay abreast of the Christchurch tragedy and its aftermath. Notable sanity prevailed there too. Thanks, Sue!

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