There was another mass shooting in the United States. Barack Obama used to come out and publicly appeal for gun control legislation. Yesterday, the Tweeting Twit used his standard medium:
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.
The soul of compassion. The weapon used was the same weapon used in other mass shootings -- the AR-15. Richard Wolfe writes:
There have been many attempts to tackle assault weapons like the AR-15. When Senator Diane Feinstein, the California Democrat, tried to do that in 2013, one month after the Sandy Hook school massacre, there were 60 “no” votes that killed the effort, including those of 15 Democrats.
Among those no votes was one Marco Rubio, the Florida senator, who told Fox News on Wednesday that now wasn’t the time to talk about gun control. “I think you can always have that debate,” he said. “But if you’re gonna have that debate about this particular incident you should know the facts of that incident before you run out and prescribe some law that you claim could have prevented it.”
The United States is a dying Empire. There are signs of its demise everywhere -- no more so than in the minds of American youth:
For the deeper, sadder truth is that something else is dying with each massacre in a school, church, night club, movie theater or at an open-air concert. And yes, with each gang bullet in Chicago too. What’s dying is the bright light of our teenagers’ confidence.
They say there’s no one more optimistic than an American teenager. That may always have been a gross generalization. But there aren’t many countries where kids are told they can grow up to be president, or a tech entrepreneur, a Nobel-prize winning scientist, or join the Peace Corps to fix the world.
Now we’re teaching them to throw their chairs if a shooter storms into their classroom.
A society which cannot offer its youth a future will not survive.