By now, you must be aware of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT. Details are still developing, but this is a horrible tragedy regardless of the specifics. (I will add a link when the facts are all known; for now, google it)
Disclaimer: I am close friends with the mother of one of the child victims, and with the child.
That said, obviously today was a long, difficult and painful day. Work was the last thing on my mind, as I heard my friend’s growing concern turn to fear and despair as the hours wore on and more details became known.
First it was an incident at a school. My friend learns this, and discovers it was the school her child was at, and heads to the school.
Then they tell us that the principal and school psychologist were killed. Maybe a dispute over a child, we all think. Then I go to lunch and see on the TV that a teacher was shot in the foot. But when I return from lunch the news is telling me that 27 people are dead, at least 18 are kids. Everyone’s mood makes a tectonic shift. All along, I get texts from my friend saying the police won’t tell her anything. The hours drag on with no news and my apprehension grows. In these cases, “no news” is definitely bad news. A coworker relates how the cousin he lost in 9/11 involved the same lack of information and growing sense of dread.
By late afternoon my friend is finally told the truth (by whom, I do not know). She shares this with me, and I do what I can to comfort her. But nothing I or anyone else can do will make this go away.
And then I return home to find this gem in my email box:
To: Webmaster From: Leonard West firstname.lastname@example.org Message: Another Massacre - Another great day for the NRA! How many more must die before America gets smart and shuts down the NRA and the Gun Lobby? Sent from (ip address): 126.96.36.199 (148.237.dsl-dhcp.ytc.net) Date/Time: December 14, 2012 7:06 pm Coming from (referer): http://www.yankeegunnuts.com/contactus/ Using (user agent): Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_5_8; en-us) AppleWebKit/530.19.2 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.2 Safari/530.19
Well. Other than the fact that this ignoramus is too dumb to use a real computer, what do we know about this Leonard West?
The email address is in Arkansas. It belongs to a little half-assed dirt racetrack:
North Central Arkansas Speedway
I wonder: do they race cars there, or do they saddle hogs and hold a hayseed Preakness?
There is a Leonard Lee West who lives in Ash Flat, AR (321 Highway 62 W, Ash Flat, AR 72513-9011) and likes to donate to Democrat politicians:
What are the chances that it’s the same imbecile? Pretty good, I think. He thinks it’s OK to send his opinions to me, so he must feel that it’s OK for others to share their opinions with him.
Well, Leonard, you won’t have to listen to me lecture you on the facts of gun violence. As a liberal, you wouldn’t listen anyway. And when would you have the time to listen, with your busy schedule of having sex with your siblings, cousins and farm animals? Methinks you would be too distracted to listen to any pesky facts that might knock down the house-of-cards barrier of willful ignorance that you hide behind to escape the scary real world.
I have no doubt that in your feeble, grasping mind, one more gun law (on top of the 20000 we already have) would have prevented this. I’m sure it would be one doozy of a law, Leonard.
Likewise, despite the fact that Britain banned guns and has proven incapable of keeping them out of the hands of criminals (despite being an island!), your plodding brain must think that banning guns in America will work perfectly (despite 5000+ miles of land border that can be crossed on foot). Banning drugs worked great, right Leonard? Love that liberal logic.
Leonard, do the world a favor: shut your drooling toothless mouth and stop writing unsolicited harassing emails. No one cares what an old liberal douchebag like you thinks or says. I know that will be a shock to a narcissistic blowhard such as yourself, but I assure you that it is the truth.
You and your opinions are neck and neck in a race to see which one is less important to the rest of humanity. Mosquito farts have more significance than what you think or say or write. Though, after seeing People of Walmart, I must say that your mere existence provides some humor for the rest of us. So I thank you for that.
I posted this elsewhere but it seemed relevant.
Why are we letting mental patients like this monster and the Batman movie theater murderer and the loon who shot Gabby Giffords roam free?
Lock them up or euthanize them. They can’t be cured and they are a waste of resources that could be better spent on patients that pose less risk to society. And yes, I will volunteer my time to handle either task.
No more gun control claptrap. It’s time for mental patient control.