Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like


Ban these. Now.

You’ve probably heard about that third-grade baseball program in Neosho, Missouri, that’s selling raffle tickets to give away an AR-15 to some lucky gun nut. You know – for the kids.

And if you believe the fake news, the organizers aren’t canceling the raffle in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting. In fact, tickets are selling even better since the story went viral this week. Take that, innocent children gunned down in your classrooms.

The unreal thing is that the people of Neosho, or at least the ones selected to appear in man-on-the-street interviews, don’t get what all the hubbub is about. They are befuddled by the extreme reactions they’ve been hearing about, how it’s fricking insane to raffle off the kind of gun that just killed seventeen kids in six minutes. How doing it in the name of a youth baseball program is not just tone-deaf but almost sociopathic. How basically sticking a thumb in the eyes of the survivors of the shooting is cold and … almost sociopathic.

One gentleman I saw on the news report yesterday, who might have been a city official – maybe even the mayor – declared that “we have different norms here.”

This is the crisis in America now. Two different sets of “norms.” Two different codes of morality and responsibility. Two mutually exclusive ways of life and even thinking about life. You know, they have different norms in Iran and we’re all up in their grill over it. So I ask you: Why can’t we objectively declare that moving ahead with the raffle of an AR-15 after Parkland is as evil as flogging someone for vandalism or adultery? Why should we respect the plainly un-respectable?

This is just one more demonstration that it’s impossible to communicate – to listen to – people from “the other side” who demand to be taken seriously when their positions are irrational, selfish, and destructive. The next time someone tells me I need to “hear them out,” I’m going to repeat over and over: They raffled off an assault rifle in the name of children after the Parkland massacre. They raffled off an assault rifle in the name of children after the Parkland massacre. They raffled off an assault rifle in the name of children after the Parkland massacre. They raffled off an assault rifle in the name of children after the Parkland massacre …

8 comments on “#NeverAgain

  1. 1WriteWay
    February 22, 2018

    Well said. I heard about that raffle and just wanted to throw up. E.J. Dionne had a good essay in the Washington Post, about how us reasonable gun control advocates are always expected to show respect for opposing views, while the opposing views (like the nutjobs you’re describing) get a pass. Nobody needs an AR-15. Unless you want to kill a lot of people in a short period of time. Ironically (or not), these same people will complain that young people spend too much on video games, games that promote the kind of violence perpetuated with AR-15s.

    • Kevin Brennan
      February 22, 2018

      I almost barfed this morning, watching that NRA chick addressing CPAC. OMG. The moral corruption is astonishing!

      How was the protest yesterday? I saw a lot of footage from it …

      • 1WriteWay
        February 22, 2018

        It was great! The young people are really giving me some serious hope for the future. You know I just can’t watch stuff like CPAC. Hey, I wonder if they allow open-carry AR-15s at their conferences?????

      • Kevin Brennan
        February 22, 2018

        Yes, I’m amazed at how these kids have taken control of the story.

        As for CPAC, I think I’ll just cue up Apocalypse Now instead … 😉

  2. loristory
    February 22, 2018

    What a disgusting event. Such a terrible way to bring up children. I guess those “other norms” must include valuing gun ownership over children’s lives.

  3. S.K. Nicholls
    February 22, 2018

    It’s worse than nauseating. We can’t even trust some teachers in the back seat with a teen, and yet, we’re supposed to trust them with a gun?
    These people screaming to add more guns to guns are not well. Yes, it’s a sick society. Even the military are laughing at the people claiming that their guns protect them against the tyranny of a government. I mean, have you seen the government’s weapons?
    “I need my guns to fight against the tyranny of the government.”
    The last sound Earl heard was the whoosh of the targeted drone missile that entered his anus at 1300 mph. As he lie there, in many pieces, a laser from a spaced based US weapons satellite vaporized his remains.

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