Sarah Proud and Tall just caught my frame of mind exactly. I’m in no state to write about guns and the American pathology that transforms a “well regulated militia” into dead a dead six year old and seventy more dead and wounded whose crimes were that of seeking a good time in the dark on a Friday night. I’ll get there, just not now. (I’ve got some book threading to do to, so I’m dealing with the very odd thought that at least for a moment, SPT and I are the same person in two bodies. Perhaps I shouldn’t have had that last bourbon…)
Sarah P&T and Ed Kilgore both respond to the news from Aurora with music, and that’s my reflex too. Here, it’s Ed that got me thinking. Once he heard the news if the shooting, he switched out some earlier choice in one of his regular music slots (I didn’t catch it) for this. A good choice; great music. He followed that up at day’s end with another track along similar lines.
Me? I’m not as nice a man as Kilgore, I guess. I certainly don’t have his musical sense of the possibility of comfort at such a time. I rage at the state of our nation that John can so precisely lay out the wholly inadequate — or worse, much worse — reaction to the fact that 70 people got shot this morning.
So here’s where I go for musical balm — if that’s the right word:
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My heart goes out to those in pain. In the words of my tradition, may they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
My rage to those who “think” the solution to the ongoing pathology of American gun culture is the zombie lurch of undead John Waynes.