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Guns R Us in the U.S.A.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
STAFF WRITER

Sunday, November 5, 2017

At this point there are so many mass shootings that I could just cut and paste my complaints every couple of weeks.

I don’t think anyone is reading this column anyway. I’ve never received any feedback beyond “change your picture.”

I hate to be so cynical, but when a school yard full of kids gets mowed down by a maniac with a bunch of guns and no one takes action, nothing is ever going to change. Sunday was just another day in the U.S. of G.

I laughed Saturday while watching “Thor: Ragnarok” when Karl Urban’s character Skurge, a villainous Asgardian, hefts two machineguns and says he got them in a place he pronounced “Tex Ass.”

Less than 24 hours later a madman walked into a church in Texas and killed more than two dozen people with a military-style rifle. The humor of the movie, acknowledging how easy it is to get a gun in Texas, was mirrored almost immediately by the horror of real life.

In American, buying a gun is easier than getting a divorce, a passport, a dog, a driver’s license or cold medicine, according to a recent comprehensive report on gun laws (or really the lack thereof) by CNN.

That bears repeating. One more time for the cheap seats: In America, it’s easier to buy a gun than a puppy.

So let’s see, it’s not safe to go to church, the movies, concerts, school, the mall, restaurants or anywhere else.

After the tragic 2015 church shooting in South Carolina, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., tweeted that he was praying for the victims and their families.

Thanks a lot for the prayers, Thom, but how about a vote?

Don’t expect any common sense gun control legislation from North Carolina lawmakers anytime soon. Tillis and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., are both among the Senate’s top five recipients of NRA donations.

Now, I’m not accusing Tillis and Burr of being mercenary. I don’t think the NRA is buying their vote. I think the money is just icing on the cake. Tillis and Burr are simply pandering to their gun-toting, flag-waving, church-going, Trump-loving constituents.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with owning a gun. I have a shotgun. Anyone breaks into my home in the middle of the night and I will kill them. But I don’t need a modified automatic weapon with 1,000 rounds to do it.

There’s nothing wrong with waving the flag. I’m a veteran and proud of it. But wearing a flag on your lapel doesn’t give you exclusivity when it comes to being a patriot.

And there’s certainly nothing wrong with going to church. But true religion is about helping orphans and widows. That’s not coming from me; that’s Book of James stuff.

And Trump. Let’s just say the much-hated Harvey Weinstein should have run for president instead of running a film production company. Then instead of getting run out of Hollywood for being a sex predator, he could admit on video to grabbing women and voters wouldn’t care.

I was going to write more, but realize it would just be inflammatory and derogatory and involve me calling Wayne LaPierre a toad.

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