Saddened and Sickened
Today a madman opened fire at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., killing the guard and wounding at least one other person.
There are hundreds of news stories and OpEd pieces about this all over TV news and in the Blogworld, so I won't rehash the details.
I believe the rightwing has become emboldened by rightwing pundits, entertainers and politicians whose hate speech and fomenting of violence has to stop.
Furthermore, I believe Americans have proven that gun ownership among responsible, sane citizens is quickly becoming eclipsed by insane murderers who make their political statements at the click of a trigger.
We lefties are at a disadvantage here.
We don't tend to shoot groups of people with whom we disagree.
We don't clog radio airwaves with hate speech that prompts racists, xenophobes and religious fanatics to take deadly action.
I think sooner or later, maniacs like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter and so on will have to be indicted as co-conspirators in one or more of these hate crimes before any of them will start to tone down the rhetoric.
It's wrong to think this, but I don't know that I'd be that upset if someone got so sick of the hate mongering, they put a bullet in Limbaugh's fat head.
Is that what it'll take?
Causing massive terror in public is terrorism. These maniacs are terrorists.
One major hate crime per week is getting to be too goddamn much.