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Random thoughts on yet another massacre

A few observations, probably unoriginal, about the Las Vegas shootings.

As Chris Murphy pointed out, the predictable braying about the prayers of NRA supporting politicians being with the victims is becoming increasingly annoying. The stench of hypocrisy is overwhelming. It has already come from Trump, and the stench from that quarter is almost unbearable. As I’ve mentioned before, I have an advanced degree in religion from Our Lady of Sorrows grammar school, and I can tell you, based on my expertise, that if Trump prays for anything, he prays for himself, and it’s a good bet he doesn’t even do that. If he were to pretend to pray for those people, about whom he gives not a shit except as the situation affects him, he’d run into the same trap as Hamlet’s stepfather, who observed as he tried to seek forgiveness for his crimes:

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below.

Words without thoughts, never to heaven go

Observation number two: As these acts by white male loners mount up, and set ever increasing records as far as the body counts are concerned, it’s going to be ever more difficult (though the Republicans will try) to hype up the terror (i.e, acts by people of color) incidents. Unless the shooter sets a record, his or her acts will become mere background noise, as a number of mass shootings have become this year. It will be interesting to see if there’s any media pushback when Republicans talk up the few shootings by people of color as they push those by white males down the memory hole.

Observation number three: Inasmuch as this one is a record setter, and will probably dominate the news for a few cycles, bets should be placed on how long it will take for one or more right wingers to suggest that it never happened.

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