A Response to Dale Headley

DaleHeadley wrote:

"Judging by your spelling, I assume you’re a Brit.  So you folks over there are aware of our shame: the WBC.  

I would be equally interested in what you think of our greater shame: a cowardly acceptance that shooting people down in multiple numbers in schools, theaters, malls, businesses, and streets with military-style weaponry is a cultural norm to be celebrated in our “exceptional” country.  The Bible-thumping right wing in America believes that the ripping to shreds of 20 helpless, innocent babes is a small price to pay for maintaining the fiction that the 2nd Amendment was intended by old slave-owners in powdered wigs to assure that everyone (except slaves) had unhindered access to whatever weaponry they desired, aside from the muskets stored in a central armory for the use of a well-regulated militia in each state.

Fred Phelps and his odious clan are almost as low as you can get - almost as low as the NRA, which gleefully sacrifices little children to the greed of the manufacturers and sellers of weapons and ammunition."


Dear Dale

I speak The Queen's English, that is true; but I am in fact from Sunny South Africa. My beautiful yet mad country sees its fair share of violence and there is little gun control. However, our arms "epidemic" is nothing compared to The NRA's acceptance of, and America's desensitisation to school shootings. 

I'm crying as I type this, just as I cried the day I read about the defenseless babes that were murdered in Sandy Hook Elementary School not too long ago. I am a child therapist and I am used to seeing the world through the eyes of the young. What must those last terrifying moments have been like for those treasured little earthjewels?

And then, lo and behold, the Westboro Baptist Church ride the media wave by announcing that they will picket the funerals of these damned young souls, praising god for sending the shooter to administer his righteous justice. 

The WBC do not deserve mention when talking about these shootings, and I loath to give them the attention they so richly crave. But they do serve to make my point, which is this:

The NRA, like the WBC, while claiming to use the constitution to justify their methods, actually pray on those who are sensitive to religion. To speak out against their constitutional rights is to speak out against their belief in god. So brilliantly is this concept intertwined into the brainwashed bible-belt, that they can no longer distinguish between guns, god, or government. And a threat to one is a threat to all three. 

They are ready to defend against this threat with the very lives of their children.

  • Dale Headley

    Brenda Lee:  We are kindred souls.  Every time a photo is flashed on TV of one of those beautiful little children, I can't help crying.  They probably cry in the basement of NRA headquarters, too; but what they are crying about is that someone may deny them the ability to have weapons that shoot down people, even kids, rapidly, in large numbers.

  • Kairan Nierde

    It isn't right that our children can be slaughtered at school...that they should even have to worry about their safety while in a learning environment. I shouldn't feel the need to plan a "shooting rampage" escape route at work or while trying to relax at the movie theater. I just realized, I've done this in every school I attended after the Colombine shootings. If violence is an intrinsic part of American culture, than we shouldn't deny it follows that fear is too.

  • Doug Reardon

    Do you cry for the the hundreds of children blown to bits weekly in the islamic world? 

  • Reg The Fronkey Farmer

    I know what would happen to the WBC if they tried to protest at a funeral in Ireland.

  • Unseen

    @Doug Reardon

    Are you referring to Hamas, Al Qaeda, or Taliban terror? or all three? Bombing of markets, funerals, mosques, checkpoints and other gathering places as well as roadside IED's do kill a lot of civilians, including children. If they weren't active our need to be there would be small.

  • Strega

    @ Gallup's Mirror   In theory, any accent the queen uses becomes the Queen's English.  We are all mightily glad she has not decided to use one of our northern city accents.  However, I just thought I'd mention, having read that tongue-in-cheek article, that the Queen dictates the accent, and not the other way around.

  • Unseen

    I would think that any English used by the Queen isn't The Queen's English in theory at all, but in fact.

  • Strega

    So in order to speak "The Queen's English" wouldn't that require the claimant to check in with the queen frequently and modify his accent accordingly?

    Well of course!  The BBC does that for us during the year, and then we get to rehearse the latest changes when she addresses us at Christmas.  One is not expected to be telepathic...

  • SteveInCO

    An awful lot of trouble just to try to speak one of the more exotic dialects of Coloradoan.

  • Sarah Jane Hall

    In the U.S. we rarely hear the queens voice actually.  I presume she does not have a Cogney or Manchester accent though, ever!

  • Brenda Lee

    Ok, ok, perhaps I don't speak the queen's english. My goodness, you people can fixate on minor details. :P I only meant to explain away my frivolous use of extra Us as well as Ss that sound like Zs. I'm from South Africa, it's a phrase we use a lot when we're not riding giraffes to work and such.