The author of this comment on the massacre of 11 very old Jewish citizens in their Pittsburgh synagogue is a 73 year old Pennsylvanian who lives close by Pittsburgh. I have known Bill for many years and although we disagree on some major issues like “guns,” I found his very thoughtful comments on this horrific mass murder in Pittsburgh both surprising and hopeful, although Bill avoids dealing with the issue of why In hell was this guy (or any citizen) allowed to buy a military assault rifle.
I assume there are many, if not most, avid gun owners like Bill who believe that owning any kind of gun is the best protection we citizens have against an oppressive government. That’s a standard NRA argument for unfettered gun ownership. I am impressed that Bill showed empathy for the 11 innocent Jewish oldsters murdered and recognized the relationship of the murderer to the government we now have. The murderer’s gun was not used to protect “our freedom” but rather to mirror our leader’s contempt for the “other”.
There is some hope in Bill’s comment that the contradiction between the NRA rationale for unfettered gun ownership and the reality of its result will alter the argument. – b. traven
Good ol’ Bill
Such a tragic occurrence right in our midst in Pittsburgh. Again the scapegoats are the Jewish community. Donald was not welcomed here and rightly so as the hate and vitriol is his hallmark to accent. Do I say I’m sorry to the victims or the communities involved or to the city or state or nation or to your family? Yes to all!
We always tried to visit the sites of tragedy a they unfolded in our travel: NYC Trade Towers were still burning, Oklahoma City, Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Trail of Tears in many sections, Myanmar Japanese Detainment Center in CA, Little Big Horn in Montana, Mt Saint Helens, just to name some highlights. In all, people suffered and unjustly.
Do we blame it on human nature? Do we blame it on the bombs, bullets, clubs, knives, guns? What to make of this breakdown in society? Did the moral fiber of society snap or is this just humans being humans.
I watch and enjoy very young humans as they seem so innocent until they start growing up and then the meanness and bullying starts. Natural behavior or nurture? It is inescapable. My conclusion is that its an individual decision as to what sort of human being one wants to be. You answer to yourself.
This essay by John W. Whitehead has a lot of insight into the current situation.