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Alone and Adrift in a Sea of Right-Wing Hate

Is anyone still surprised that mass shootings continue to occur? Sure, we're still horrified at the loss of life and the sheer depravity of the act, but let's not kid ourselves. Mass shootings have become a part of the American experience. We have come to expect them. We don't know when they'll happen or where, but we now have a reasonable expectation that somewhere in America, at some time in the not too distant future, someone will walk into a school, a mall, or a church and open fire. People will die, families will grieve, and those with the power to do something about it will continue to do nothing. Yes... we will all be outraged, demand action, and go for the throat on Twitter and Facebook... for a while. After a short time, we all ease back into the complacency of our lives and hope it's over... but we know it isn't. Here we dwell, in this place of denial and fear, until we are again forced to watch the horror... and we are again momentarily outraged... momentarily.

Fast Tracking Death: NC House Bill 562

While most of the civilized world would think it rare to have something so absolutely idiotic, so devoid of common sense, and so disdainful of one's own fellow human beings presented as legitimate legislation, we've become used to it in NC. HB562, however, surpasses every bar of abject stupidity previously set by this NCGA. As we all know, that's an amazingly high bar. I am far from alone in my assessment of this piece of NRA propaganda.

Quick-draw Jesus wants guns in Forsyth County Christian school

Irony abounds! Who knew that two Republican legislators would take the initiative to arm Christian soldiers in Forsyth County, even when no school administrator asked for the privilege?

More to the point, why do private Christian schools get to have all the fun? Why can't people in public schools have guns too? Instead of such a restrictive bill, let's see something that permits everyone - students and teachers alike - involved in education to pack heat. Or better yet, let's require them to do so. Only then will our schools be safe from predators.

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